Gangtok, 31 Jul:
Sikkim Democratic Front has rubbished the statement of Chief Minister PS Tamang [Golay] that the boycott of the assembly session by SDF legislators was a black day for Sikkim. SDF has instead countered that the blackest day for democracy in Sikkim arrived on 02 May 2019 when Mr Tamang was sworn in as the Chief Minister even though the rules don’t permit to become even an MLA.
An SDF press release issued by its spokesperson, JB Darnal, highlights that the entire country and world witnessed how the SKM government failed to uphold the dignity and decorum of the State Legislative Assembly by insisting that Mr Tamang be appointed Chief Minister.
The release adds that using unparliamentarily, undemocratic and inappropriate words against former CM, the SDF president Pawan Chamling and other legislators of SDF in the Assembly by SKM supporters was another black day in the political history of the country. This one too by SKM.
The release states that it abject failure of the SKM government that the Assembly authorities have not been able to take any action against the anti-social elements who attacked the longest serving Chief Minister of the country while the Assembly was in session.
The release adds that the decision of SDF legislators to boycott the Assembly session until Mr Tamang remains the CM was a principled stand taken to uphold the decorum of the Assembly and register the party’s protest against the mockery of imposing a person disqualified from holding any public office as the Chief Minister of the State.
The release also points out that Mr Tamang, after he won the 2009 assembly election from Upper Burtuk constituency, and then went against SDF when he was not inducted into the Council of Ministers due to the corruption case against him, had not participated in any proceedings or discussions in the Assembly from 2009 to 2014.
The release further invites Mr Tamang to share details of how many Assembly session he attended after being elected in 2014.