Gangtok, 12 Aug:
Sikkim Democratic Front has asserted that terming the day of the release of PS Tamang [Golay] from prison on 10 August 2018 as Jan Unmukti Diwas was a mockery and murder of democracy. Mr Tamang was sent to prison on 10 August 2017 after being convicted in a corruption case and being sentenced to a one year prison term.
In a press release issued today, SDF has said that 10 August should be termed Bhrashtachar Sthapana Diwas as it was a black day in Sikkim’s political history when a corrupt leader came out of prison after serving time in a corruption case.
Mr Tamang was convicted for corruption in a people’s welfare plan of distributing milch cows to the people when he was the Animal Husbandry Minister from 1994 to 1999 under the SDF Government, the party has said.
A person convicted for corruption will always be anti-people and anti-social, SDF has alleged.
The party goes on to allege that Mr Tamang started his revolt against SDF in 2009 after he was not given a cabinet berth.
Due to the blessings of Pawan Chamling, Mr Tamang became an MLA for the first time in 1994 and then remained a Minister for 15 years and MLA for three years of Upper Burtuk, the release asserts.
“He never raised his voice for any class or category of people when he was a Minister for 15 years but instead always harassed opposition party workers and was involved in undemocratic act of troubling opposition leaders,” SDF has said.
The party further adds that it is amusing that Mr Tamang now claims to be pro-people and talks of Jan Unmukti.
Comparing himself with world leaders like Nelson Mandela who have also spent time in prison for different reasons, Mr Tamang is making a joke out of the sacrifice and dedication of these world leaders, the release states.
Referring to a statement by SKM spokesperson, Jacob Khaling, that SDF conspired to put Mr Tamang in jail for raising his voice for the people, the party has asked Mr Khaling if he knows of any provision that allows a Chief Minister to send a person to prison for raising his voice for the people.