SRP questions SKM-BJP alliance

Gangtok, 16 Oct:

Sikkim Republican Party president, KB Rai, has questioned the deliverability of the long pending political demands of the State placed by Sikkim Krantikari Morcha with Bharatiya Janata Party as part of their seat-sharing alliance. Addressing a press conference today, Mr Rai pointed out that the BJP high command, either at the national level and in the State, has yet not given a written undertaking on the issues or included it in the party’s manifesto.

Mr Rai said that if this political alliance was just to provide backdoor entry to BJP into Sikkim and just for Chief Minister PS Tamang [Golay] to be able to contest elections, then it was a big betrayal of the people of Sikkim.

He mentioned that SKM has held up strong reasons for the alliance like seat reservation for Limboos and Tamangs in the State assembly, tribal status for leftout communities, restoration of Nepali seats and other pending political demands. BJP leaders from the national and state units should now clear their stand on these issues, he added.

The SRP president mentioned that the people of Sikkim were apprehensive about the future of Sikkim following the alliance and stressed that this fear cannot be ignored.

He mentioned that the CM even tried to clarify that this was not an alliance but just a seat-sharing arrangement for the elections and added that seat-sharing lays a strong foundation for an alliance government so the CM should not confuse and mislead the people.

He went on to argue that even SDF was part of the alliance since the party was responsible for the present political situation.

Mr Rai said that although the SDF president has denied having sent his MLAs to BJP, a senior SDF leader, DT Lepcha, has claimed that they have joined BJP with the permission and consent of the party president.

Mr Rai also argued that although BJP was trying hard to lay a strong foundation in the State, it has not been able to win the hearts of the people. BJP’s presence is based on the mandate received by SDF in the last election,” he said.