Sikkim not for sale: Bhaichung Bhutia’s party slogan for by-poll
Gangtok: Hamro Sikkim Party (HSP) working president Bhaichung Bhutia has said that the decision of the ruling Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) to give a “backdoor entry” to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is very dangerous for the state.
Addressing a press conference in Gangtok on Friday evening, the former Indian footballer stressed that the people of Sikkim have to take the right decision in this by-election to stop the backdoor entry of BJP in the state. “We would not allow BJP to make backdoor entry into the state and we have been going to the people with our slogan of ‘Sikkim is not for sale’,” he said.
Bhutia mentioned that the claims made by SKM and BJP about their coalition being in the interest of Sikkim and for the further development of Sikkim are totally false. “Sikkim would get its share from the Centre even without going for the coalition. Centre’s fund is enough for the developmental works of Sikkim,” he added.
He further stressed that he and his party would never sell their principles and go against the local sentiments. “If I ever come into power, I won’t sell my principles and join bigger parties. If I do so, I will quit politics,” said Bhutia.
Bhutia also raised the question to BJP about the viral audio clip of a senior BJP leader of Sikkim, Bhola Chauhan, on Article 371F. On the same, he alleged that to dilute Article 371F in the audio clip was not just the thought of an individual but it could be the thought of BJP and it may be the hidden agenda of BJP in the long run. He also asked Darjeeling MP Raju Bista to give his clear agenda on Gorkhaland statehood issue. On the same, he added that HSP was in the favour of the statehood of Gorkhaland but would never support the merger of Sikkim and Darjeeling. He stated that merger of Sikkim-Darjeeling would dilute Article 371F.
HSP spokesperson Biraj Adhikari stated that HSP candidates in this by-poll would fight for the people of Sikkim and their rights. He alleged that BJP has the hidden agenda to dilute the Article 371F. He appealed Sikkimese people to come together to vote for the genuine candidate in the interest of Sikkim.