SDF leaders during a press conference at the party office Credit: EastMojo Image

Gangtok: The Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) has criticised 30-year-old Indra Hang Subba, Lok Sabha candidate of Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM), by calling him a “political novice”.

The party leaders, in a press conference, said that Indra Hang need not teach the ruling front on issues to be raised in Parliament.

SDF spokesperson Bhim Dahal objected the allegations made by Indra Hang during his campaigning, calling him a “political kid”, who has already switched his political allegiance on two occasions. Dahal said, “He (Indra) first became the vice president of Hamro Sikkim Party (HSP) and then tried to find base in BJP and then he took his politics of lie to the master of political lies, the SKM party.”

Asked on Indra Hang blaming the SDF government for delay in completion of Sikkim University campus, Dahal said the university campus construction project is going on and would be completed within one year. The project is going on under the funds and supervision of the Centre. “It is surprising that Indra Hang does not know about this,” he added.

SDF spokesperson PD Rai spoke about fake news report doing rounds on social media targeted to misguide the Sikkimese electorate. He pointed out to a court ruling which states that sharing a social media post means endorsing the content of the particular social media post. “We have all the required IT tools to authenticate from where such social media posts have originated and we will take action against them,” he said.

SDF spokesperson KT Gyaltsen accused the SKM party of conducting a misinformation campaign regarding income tax exemption demand of the old settlers of Sikkim. He asserted that the SDF is committed towards income tax exemption for the old settlers. This position has been clearly mentioned in the affidavits submitted to the Supreme Court and in the SDF election manifesto also, he said. He urged the old settlers not to pay heed to fake reports on the issue.

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