CM UNDERLINES PARTY’S ONE MAN-ONE POST POLICY
Gangtok, 27 Jul:
Chief Minister, PS Tamang [Golay] today indicated that he might be resigning from the post of Chief Minister or the post of party president since the party believes in ‘one man one post’. He also said that this year the occasion is being celebrated under the banner of Sikkim Krantikari Morcha and from next year onwards Chaalak Diwas will be celebrated by the state government.
The Chaalak Diwas programme was organized today by the Drivers front of SKM at Singhithang Ground, Namchi in South Sikkim.
Addressing the gathering, Mr Tamang said that after the Budget session, the central executive committee of the party will hold a meeting to decide his fate.
The Budget session of the State Legislative Assembly is scheduled to begin from 29 July.
On the opposition Sikkim Democratic Front’s claim that the SKM Government cannot pass the Budget since it is a minority government, Mr Tamang challenged the opposition to stop the SKM Government from passing the state budget.
He said that SKM with its 15 MLAs has more than 50% of total number of 29 MLAs.
Mentioning that SKM’s position on issues will not change from what it says here in the State to what it will pursue with the Centre, the CM said that SKM had promised support to BJP at the national level regardless of who forms the government at the Centre.
“SDF used to rename centrally sponsored schemes to make it appear like a state scheme. We will not do that,” said the CM.
Regarding drivers, the CM said that the government will educate 2 children of every driver, as promised in the SKM manifesto.
“In Feb 2013 we gave the title ‘Guruji’ to drivers because they are an integral part of the society. Everyone needs them. In order to honour the hard work of drivers we had decided to celebrate Chaalak Diwas,” he said.
SKM spokesperson, Jacob Khaling said that the opposition is trying to instigate the public and create communal tension by saying that SKM is going to make a Bhutia or Lepcha Chief Minister. Any Sikkimese from any community who is capable of serving the public and has the people’s trust can be the CM, he added.