Gangtok, 25 Sept:
Senior politician, Dr AD Subba, has resigned from primary membership and post of vice-president of Sikkim Democratic Front. He is reported to have submitted his resignation to the SDF president on Tuesday and the same has since been accepted by the party. Dr Subba, it may be recalled led the Sikkim Himali Rajya Parishad for several years until he joined SDF. In the last SDF Government, he served as advisor to Health Department.
Dr Subba is the latest in the exodus that has hit SDF and following in his heels, nine founder-members and office bearers of the SDF from Soreng-Chakung constituency in West Sikkim also submitted their resignation letters at the party headquarters on Wednesday.
Addressing a press conference here today, Dr Subba mentioned that the decision to resign was the need of the hour for him and was taken after consulting his team in the constituency [Soreng-Chakung].
He hinted that more SDF supporters and party workers from Soreng-Chakung constituency can be expected to quit the party over the next few days.
As for the reasons behind his resignation, Dr Subba said that party workers have been left in “great confusion and dilemma” in the present political scenario as legislators and senior leaders of the party have been joining other political parties without consulting their supporters or the people.
He further condemned this attitude of former SDF leaders of not taking supporters into confidence and remarked that this was unfair on the people and party supporters.
As for himself, he said that he would stay independent for some time, study the political scenario and make his next move depending on directions received from the people.
He confirmed that he has been receiving feelers from different political parties.
Meanwhile, SDF founder-member, BL Gurung, who quit the party today, added that more office bearers and members of the SDF party from Soreng-Chakung constituency will be resigning over the next few days.
He held forth that the party lost the last elections because of internal problems and misunderstandings in the party. He also said that the recent defection of 12 SDF MLAs was an embarrassing incident and one that had humiliated the mandate of the people and left the party supporters confused.
He also alleged that the party has failed to retrospect on the developments and this has left party workers convinced that there was virtue in remaining with the party.