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Sikkim’s new chief minister PS Golay shares greetings with his predecessor and leader of Opposition Pawan Kumar Chamling on the floor of the state assembly
Sikkim’s new chief minister PS Golay shares greetings with his predecessor and leader of Opposition Pawan Kumar Chamling on the floor of the state assembly|File image
SIKKIM

India’s longest serving CM refuses to honour democracy: PS Golay

By staging a walkout, Pawan Kumar Chamling has failed to play role of a responsible Opposition leader on the floor of assembly, said the newly-elected CM of Sikkim

Pankaj Dhungel

Pankaj Dhungel

Gangtok: Reacting sharply to the Sikkim Democratic Front’s (SDF) stand to boycott the new chief minister on the floor of the House until and unless he tenders his resignation, PS Golay has blamed opposition leader Pawan Kumar Chamling for refusing to accept democracy to gain vested political interest.

Expressing serious concerns, Golay said that the former CM did not act in a manner befitting a responsible Opposition leader in the state assembly.

Commenting on the walk-out made by Chamling and his party legislators from the assembly, Golay said, "It is sad. We expected that following the people’s verdict, Pawan Kumar Chamling, chief minister of 25 years, to play the role of a responsible Opposition leader in the assembly. It seems that he has refused to accept democracy. We expected that he will give us good suggestions but he has displayed his negative attitude.”

Newly-elected representatives of the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) along with Sikkim chief minister PS Golay pose for a photograph at the Sikkim Legislative Assembly
Newly-elected representatives of the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) along with Sikkim chief minister PS Golay pose for a photograph at the Sikkim Legislative Assembly
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Chamling had questioned the legality of Golay being appointed as the chief minister.

In his vote of thanks, Golay said, “People of Sikkim gave the mandate to the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) to form the government this time. Accordingly, the governor permitted us to form the government and administered the oath of office to me and my council of ministers.”

"He (Chamling) has been rattled by this and refuses to even accept the Constitutional powers bestowed upon the governor. This shows Chamling always wanted to stay in power but we (SKM) had already said that we are ready to stay in Opposition or in power as per the decision of the people,” said the new CM.

Earlier, the SDF president had asserted that the party legislators will boycott the proceedings of the Sikkim legislative Assembly until the new CM vacated his seat.

The SDF claimed that it will continue to walk out of the assembly citing the reason that Golay being a non-elected member “does not have the right to be a member of the legislative assembly”.

Quoting example from the Supreme Court of India verdict dating back to 2001 with regards to the judgement passed by the five-member jury in the case of ‘BR Kapoor Vs the State of Tamil Nadu’, the Opposition leader said, “Be it the Prime Minister or the chief minister or a minister, as per Article 173 and 191 of the Indian Constitution, once they are disqualified, he stands illegible to contest or stand in the position.”

Former chief minister Pawan Chamling along with SDF  legislators stage walkout from the assembly.
Former chief minister Pawan Chamling along with SDF legislators stage walkout from the assembly.
Sikkim Express

However, present chief minister Golay said the SKM government remains committed to its promises made during the elections. "We will work hard to fulfill those promises in five years. The state government has already directed the departments concerned to prepare a white paper on the Central funds that came to Sikkim in past 25 years and how the funds were implemented. We will place the data before the public,” he said.

The SKM government will work as the people’s government with no discrimination based on party affiliation, caste, creed and other divisive forces, said Golay. He categorically stated that the government would not indulge in victimization of government employees and everybody would be encouraged to perform their roles freely and without any fear.

Golay also asserted that the new government will have zero tolerance towards corruption and violence of any form.