Gangtok, 14 Oct:
Hamro Sikkim Party [HSP] spokesperson, Biraj Adhikari today claimed that it was Bharatiya Janata Party [BJP] that had approached HSP for an alliance prior to the 2019 elections and the alliance did not materialize after BJP failed to give written assurance on five-point Sikkim-centric issues placed by the party.
Addressing a press conference here this afternoon, Mr. Adhikari warned BJP state president, DB Chauhan to stop talking about the alliance issue as BJP had approached HSP and not the other way around. He also lashed out against Mr. Chauhan for calling Bhaichung Bhutia anti-national and separatist.
HSP will always raise voice for Sikkim and Article 371F, he added.
HSP president, Bina Basnett mentioned that the discussion for alliance with BJP was always transparent and in the public domain. She alleged that BJP took 10 MLAs of Sikkim Democratic Front party unethically.
She further alleged that BJP forcefully took two seats from Sikkim Krantikari Morcha and is now trying to show that both parties are working together.
Stating that opposition is the soul of democracy, she questioned the safety of democratic values in the state without an opposition.
Letting BJP win the by-election will not be HSP’s loss but it would be the loss of entire Sikkim and its people, she stated.
On the same, she appealed to the people of Sikkim to support a genuine candidate and prevent the unethical entry of BJP into the State.
HSP spokesperson, Sonam Sherpa expressed his objection to the statement given by senior BJP leader, Ram Madhav that BJP can form the government without contesting elections. He also demanded that the BJP state-unit clear its stand on the Citizenship Amendment Bill and NRC in the State.