GANGTOK: Former Chief Minister and Sikkim Democratic Front Party president Pawan Chamling believes his party has been ‘cleansed’ after many senior party functionaries joined the ruling Sikkim Krantikari Morcha.
On the party’s 29th Foundation Day, Chamling said that he has considered quitting politics. “I want to leave politics, but it is the love of the people that doesn’t let me,” a visibly-emotional Chamling added.
“It is now time for the youth to take over the party, only then will SDF come out for the next 10 governments, it should be out collective responsibility to work for the people,” he said.
Lamenting on the past successes and mistakes, Chamling asserted, “It would be tough to out-do the governance of the last 25 years, even for the SDF. We have lost only once, but have won on five other occasions so why would the way forward be different? We have not lost our principle and struggle,” shared Chamling at the SDF party office.
Slamming the ruling SKM, he said, “People gave them the mandate. But they scored an own goal. The public is disappointed at their ‘Jungli’ (wild) party. The people, and even government employees, say that the old one was good, and they are itching to vote for the Umbrella symbol. SKM has done nothing more than being my publicist. They were uttering ‘Pawan Chamling’ in all their 32 constituency party addresses on their Foundation Day (February 4). They have ensured that people will never forget my name.”
Chamling also demanded the suspension of the Principal of Geyzing Government College for expelling four students. “They (SKM) have tried to suppress a genuine demand of the students. When promises are made, they should be delivered. They are suppressing the students’ voice, they are suppressing the press. They stone pelted my vehicle, and the CM believes that the public may have done it. When people voice these shortcomings over social media, they are arrested. The students’ fate is similar,” said Chamling.
On the occasion of Foundation Day, the party passed 15 resolutions, and taking the same ahead, he urged his supporters to come out in public, work for the people and ensure that every individual is a leader.