Gangtok, 04 Oct:
Former MLA of Martam Rumtek constituency, Dr Mechung Bhutia, contesting the by-elections as an independent candidate, today slame the BJP-SKM seat-sharing arrangement as an 'unholy alliance' and accused his one-time party president, Chief Minister PS Tamang [Golay], of having let down the people’s mandate twice – once after the 2014 elections and a second time now by accommodating a party which the electorate here had resoundingly rejected barely four months back.
Condemning the SKM-BJP alliance as an 'alliance of compromise,' Dr Bhutia pointed out that BJP had received merely 1.6% of the votes cast in recent assembly elections and was still accommodated with two seats being vacated by the SKM for the by-elections.
Dr Bhutia’s constituency is one of the two released by SKM in favor of the BJP.
Addressing a press conference here today, Dr Bhutia argued that the seat-sharing alliance had disappointed the Sikkimese who thought they had voted for change.
“This is not what the people had expected, especially at a time when the BJP, given its moves in Jammu & Kashmir, was intent on diluting the Old Laws of Sikkim and that it was only the Supreme Court which has stopped that from happening thus far,” he claimed.
He also stated that the people’s vote for change in Sikkim has been corrupted to mean change only for one person. His reference was to the ECI relaxation accorded to Mr Tamang to be able to contest the by-elections despite his conviction in a corruption case.
The SKM-BJP alliance was in exchange for this clearance for which SKM has bartered two seats to the BJP, he alleged.
On his part, Dr Bhutia assured that he will stand for Sikkim and never compromise the interests of the Sikkimese people.