Gangtok: The Hamro Sikkim Party (HSP) on Saturday said that it believes in giving the new Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) government a year’s time for fulfilling its promises as mentioned in the party’s election manifesto.
The SKM government recently completed 100 days of rule and its achievements and failures have been much debated in the political domain of the Himalayan state.
“Our party’s stand is that it is a new government with the SKM coming to power after 25 years of SDF government in Sikkim. We want the new government to take one year, but it should fulfill its promises by that time as mentioned in their election manifesto. It is a new government; we need to give time to them. We also want people to understand the practicalities too. If the promises are not fulfilled even after one year then our party will raise a strong voice,” said HSP spokesperson Biraj Adhikari during a press meet.
Adhikari pointed out the ‘100 days’ promises made by the SKM party. The government is saying that ad hoc appointments have been abolished and all ad hoc employees would be regularised which has not happened so far, he said.
According to the HSP, the SKM had extended support to the old settlers in their demand for income tax exemption at par with Sikkim subject holders. He said there is a court directive seeking the name of the old settlers. “We want the list be made public as it is learnt that others are also being included. We request the government to firstly issue the list of old settlers and only then proceed further,” he said.
Asked about the upcoming bye-elections, Adhikari said the HSP will be holding a meeting soon on the matter.
Later in the day, SKM reacted to the same wherein the SKM spokesperson Jacob Khaling said, “We give Hamro Sikkim Party one year to bring strength of at least 10,000 people and then we will welcome their stand on delivering the promises of the party after a year.”