SKM taking Sikkim to dark ages: Chamling

GANGTOK, 02 Mar:

Sikkim Democratic Front president and former Chief Minister, Pawan Chamling, said today that recent happenings in the State are proof that Sikkim Krantikari Morcha does not know how to run the government and is only good at accusing the previous government. SKM is trying to take Sikkim to the dark ages, he said.

“After coming to power, it is the responsibility of SKM to run the government instead of accusing SDF and Pawan Chamling,” said the former CM.

Speaking with media persons at SDF Bhawan on Bye-pass road on Monday, Mr Chamling took questions on a number of topics. Regarding the recent High Court judgment on COI issued to pre-1969 Government employees, he alleged that the State Government has been careless on this issue due to which, the people of Sikkim will have to suffer.

“We respect the judgment of the High Court but being a party in the case it is the responsibility of the State government to properly study the judgment and take steps accordingly,” said Mr Chamling. He added that the government should have consulted legal and constitutional experts as well as stakeholders on this case.

Now not only the people from the neighbouring hills but all people who worked here during that time will get status at par with other Sikkimese people, said Mr Chamling further adding that the society should think on this issue as it will affect the coming generations.

On being asked aboutthe Central Motor Vehicle Act implemented in the State, he said that like the West Bengal government, SDF would have never implemented the Central Motor Vehicle Act in the interest of drivers of Sikkim.

Regarding Transport department’s proposal to review the appointment of temporary employees appointed between 2014 to 2019, Mr Chamling said that if the government wants to take action then it should be implemented to all employees and not only Transport Department employees.

SKM had promised to provide jobs to unemployed youth but has started snatch jobs away, he alleged.

“We provided jobs with proper process and budget provision. The SKM government is saying it does not have money to give salary to the government employees because it has diverted funds for some other works of its interest,” Mr Chamling further alleged.

Responding to queries on the criticism of his statement during an interview in Nepal where he had said that his ancestors were from Nepal, he said, “I was responding to a media query about my ancestors. I told them my ancestors were from Nepal who later came to Sikkim around 300 years back. Every person’s ancestors had migrated from some place or the other.”

He added that Presidents of the United States of America and other countries have proudly announced their ancestry but it is an irony in Sikkim that some people do not want to accept the truth.

On the recent arrest of SDF workers, Barap Namgyal and Santosh Rai, a senior SDF leader, KT Gyaltsen stated that all charges were false, baseless and fabricated and charges framed by the police will not stand in court.

“The party is fully behind them and we have been pursuing the matter legally and with proper process,” he said.

On the occasion, SDF president has also invited party workers and supporters to attend the 28th SDF foundation day to be held on 04 March at SDF Bhawan.