2 SDF MLAs thumb down boycott decision, attend Assembly Session

SDF negotiating merger with “mainstream” party, alleges Dhungel

GANGTOK, 30 Jul:

In a surprise move, two legislators of Sikkim Democratic Front party attended the second day of the ongoing Budget Session 2019 of Sikkim Legislative Assembly on Tuesday. Going against the decision of the party to boycott the assembly sessions, Upper Tadong MLA, GT Dhungel and Namcheybong MLA, Em Prasad Sharma attended the second day of the assembly session.

Mr Dhungel has also said that the two of them were not in Delhi with the remaining MLAs who were negotiating a merger with a “mainstream” party.

Today,when the assembly session began both MLAs sat on the opposition bench in the House. During the zero hour, both MLAs placed petitions to be provided seating away from the SDF legislators’ bench, which was accepted by the Speaker, LB Das.

Later, they were provided separate seats behind the Deputy Speaker. They also offered khadas to the Speaker, Deputy Speaker and the Chief Minister, PS Tamang [Golay].

Before placing their petitions, they explained that the people of Sikkim have elected them to discharge their duties as lawmakers, therefore, they decided to attend the assembly session in the interest of the people although other SDF legislators have boycotted the assembly session.

Responding to media queries after the assembly session, Upper Tadong MLA, GT Dhungel said that by participating in the assembly session they are not revolting against the party. He stated that negative reactions from the public on the absence of the opposition legislators in the Assembly forced them to attend the assembly session so that they can speak for the people.

“We participated in the proceedings and discussion in the assembly session and this shows we are here for the people, to work for them. People sent us to the Assembly and we are here for the people,” Mr Dhungel said.

Likewise, Namcheybong MLA, Em Prasad Sharma said, “People of Sikkim voted for usbut some of us are running from our responsibilities so we are here to deliver the responsibility of a responsible opposition.”

He said that he is not quitting SDF but is attending the assembly session for the people as SDF ‘B’.

SDF legislators had decided to boycott the Budget Session till PSTamang continues to occupy the post of CM in 'breach of the Constitution'.