SDF to file FIR against Minister Kharel for having threatened Chamling

Party advises Govt to focus on work not propaganda

Gangtok, 26 Jun:

Sikkim Democratic Front has strongly condemned the statement ascribed to the Minister Sanjit Kharel against the SDF president, former Chief Minister Pawan Chamling. Mr Kharel is reported to have spoken about SKM having the ability to “wipe off” Mr Chamling if he wanted. His supporters insist that he meant wiping off Mr Chamling and SDF politically. That said, the SDF party has decided to file a FIR against the Minister for threatening the former CM in his speech.

Addressing a press conference here today, SDF spokesperson MK Subba alleged that not only SKM workers, but even SKM Ministers have started to support “political terrorism” in the State.

While strongly condemning the threatening speech of the Minister, he said that SDF has taken this issue seriously and will file an FIR for criminal intimation to murder, breach of peace and criminal conspiracy against the Mr Kharel.

Mr Subba stressed stated that no one was above the law and democracy and should be held accountable for such irresponsible comments.

He added that the golden age of democracy in Sikkim was the 25 years of SDF government led by Pawan Chamling. He added that the there was peace and security one month back in the State in the SDF government and that it has been replaced by violence and political terrorism of SKM especially at the grassroots level.

“There is no any change in the State and no roadmap and work despite one month of PS Golay taking charge as the sixth Chief Minister of Sikkim,” he alleged.

He asserted that the people of Sikkim need to understand this trend and give justice to democracy in the State. He expressed hope that the Governor will take suo-motto cognition of the matter.

He also advised SKM not to mislead the people any further but to work on its pre-election promises instead. He mentioned that recently the State government enhanced the daily wages of skilled and semi-skilled workers but nothing for unskilled workers.

While mentioning that MGNREGA job card holders fall under unskilled category, he stated that SKM promised to enhance daily wages of MGNREGA workers to Rs 300 per day in its election manifesto but has not done so yet.

Likewise, SDF spokesperson, JB Darnal, alleged that Confidential Assistant to the CM, Bikash Basnet made derogatory remarks against the Scheduled Caste community in a recent speech. On the same, he stated that the party would take up this matter legally by filing a case against Mr Basnet under laws for prevention of atrocities against SC community and also demand his removal.