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Former Sikkim chief minister Pawan Kumar Chamling
Former Sikkim chief minister Pawan Kumar Chamling|File image
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Sikkim: SKM to pursue corruption charges against ex-CM Chamling

Ruling party declares new ‘war’ against Sikkim Democratic Front to counter the opposition party’s challenge of removing PS Golay from the post of state chief minister 

Pankaj Dhungel

Pankaj Dhungel

Gangtok: The ruling Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) has declared a new war against the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) with claims of corruption charges against former chief minister Pawan Kumar Chamling to counter the opposition party’s challenge of removing PS Golay from the post of CM.

The SKM said it has also plans to bring the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe the charges, which was for a very long time kept at bay by the former SDF government.

On the claims of Chamling having travelled to Delhi with an aim to remove Golay from the CM’s seat, the SKM said it was an anti-Sikkim move coming from the opposition party.

Addressing a press conference at its party office on Tibet Road in Gangtok on Thursday, SKM spokesperson Jacob Khaling said, "The new battle for Sikkim will be against removal of Golay as the chief minister for the invitation of CBI to Sikkim to nab Pawan Kumar Chamling on charges of corruption in his 25 years of governance in Sikkim. Chamling will liaison with his powerful, rich friends in Delhi to remove Golay from the CM post. But it is the people's government currently in place and the SKM has won the people's mandate and been selected to form the government along with the governor Ganga Prasad’s approval on PS Golay as the CM candidate.”

SKM president PS Golay being sworn in as the new chief minister of Sikkim by state governor Ganga Prasad
SKM president PS Golay being sworn in as the new chief minister of Sikkim by state governor Ganga Prasad
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Accusing Chamling of having arrogant attitude in the Sikkim Legislative Assembly when he staged a walkout along with the SDF legislators, the SKM accused the opposition party of letting down the people and their mandate from 15 constituencies which have put their faith in SDF again.

"If the SDF cannot accept the democracy, law and the Indian Constitution and make a mockery of all three at the hands of Chamling, the SKM will take up the charges for these 15 constituencies. We will be placing the demands and the voices of the people in the Assembly on behalf of the people of these 15 constituencies,” said Khaling.

The SKM also slammed the former CM for mocking the stand of Speaker of the House in the Assembly on June 3 when he 'addressed the house without seeking approval of the Speaker of the House', claiming the same to be a shameful act coming from a legislator of 35 years.

"The chief minister had no respect for the Speaker of the house who has been an elected representative of the state. He had no knowledge or respect for the proceedings of the house and it was not a day where the agendas were part of discussion in the House. Chamling went disrespectful against the Speaker who is a representative of the Schedule Caste, a community that has not had a speaker leading the house before in any assembly. Das has served as the Sub-Divisional Magistrate, a Block Division Officer and also worked under the State Election Commission, yet he didn’t respect the newly elected Speaker of the House", stated Khaling.

Meanwhile, former Lok Sabha member Nakul Das Rai claimed that many derogatory statements have been used by Chamling creating turbulence to the sanctity of the Assembly. "He was at loggerheads with former chief minister Nar Bahadur Bhandari when he formed the government in 1994 and many times over the years such derogatory statements have been made by him. It is only now that he is at the helm of receiving such comments in the Assembly that he is reacting. The party is also reacting to the same now, Chamling being at the receiving end of such statements".

However, the SKM party has claimed that the unparliamentarily stand claimed by the SDF with regards to the derogatory statements has come not merely from the visitors but from the longest serving legislator of the state in Chamling when he walked out of the Assembly with his legislators. "SKM is being accused of having made the derogatory statements inside the house, we welcome the inquiry from the State Legislative Assembly and if an SKM supporter or party worker is involved in the issue, we welcome the action being taken by the SLA" stated Khaling.