SDF chief and Sikkim chief minister Pawan Kumar Chamling Credit: EastMojo image

Gangtok: Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) president and chief minister Pawan Chamling started his 10-day election campaign ‘Sikkim Vijay Sankalp Yatra’ by releasing the party manifesto in Chakung-Soreng constituency, West Sikkim on Friday.

Addressing a rally at Chakung ground, the SDF president alleged that the SKM is working against the political existence of the majority Sikkimese-Nepali community.

Chamling assured that his party has a clear stand on the Limboo-Tamang seat reservation issue, which is,expansion of the 32-seat state Assembly to 40 seats, and then reserving seats for the Limboo-Tamang tribe. He said that SDF will not allow injustice against the majority Nepali community.

Earlier this year, a petition filed in the Supreme Court pointed out that the two tribes Limboo and Tamang are recognised as Scheduled Tribes under Article 342 of the Constitution of India, and by the virtue of Article 332, should be granted reservation in the state legislative assembly. The petition submitted that the Bhutia and Lepcha tribes have been provided seat reservation in the Sikkim Legislative Assembly, and therefore alleges violation of Article 14 of the Constitution of India for excluding the Limboo and Tamang communities from the benefits.

Further, Chamling promised to upgrade Soreng subdivision into a district within two months of forming the next government.

He added that SDF will also continue the ‘One Family, One Job’ scheme and give employment to the left-out families within 100 days of forming the government. Simultaneously, we will start ‘One Person, One Profession’ scheme in Sikkim, he said.

Talking about widespread corruption in the state under the garb of chanda (donation) for developmental schemes or social activities, and extortion, Chamling said the SDF government will make a rule to penalise such immoral activities. This will be a message from Sikkim to the rest of the country and the world on how a government can weed out corruption from a state, he added.

The chief minister shared other innovative ideas envisioned by SDF, if it comes to power again, including youth-centric programmes, where the younger generation can be at the helm of developmental affairs. Further, he added that the SDF government will address the challenge of rising urban population by constructing housing colonies and allocating them free of cost to the needy.

The other venues for Chamling’s 10-day yatra are Mangan, Gangtok, Namthang, Rorathang, Kabi, Ravangla, Geyzing, Mining, Rangpo and Jorethang.

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