Gangtok: The Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) on Friday condemned the vandalisation of vehicles belonging to party president and former CM Pawan Kumar Chamling and other workers claiming it to be a life-threatening attack by supporters of ruling Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM).
Addressing a press conference on Friday, SDF spokesperson JB Darnal highlighted how their party’s by-election campaign for Poklok-Kamrang constituency was disturbed by SKM supporters, first by showing black flags to the party president and then by attacking his vehicle along with other vehicles by pelting stones.
“More than 10 vehicles were attacked with stones by SKM supporters during the campaign where Komal Chamling, the former CM’s daughter, and a few supporters sustained injuries. SKM is known for its destructive nature and after yesterday’s act, they have proved that it’s a party of violence and destruction. We have submitted our petition to the office of CEO Sikkim who has assured us to provide security to our party. We are also hopeful that they will take up this matter seriously,” said Darnal.
He further added that SKM has been blaming SDF for its 25 years of existence in the state. “Let me remind them that SDF existed due to the public mandate so you blaming us, indirectly means disrespecting the public’s mandate,” he aleged.
Ashit Rai, another spokesperson of SDF, claimed the incident on Thursday to be unfortunate. “It’s a dark day for democracy. We condemn this heinous & shameful act done by SKM party supporters. Sikkim is known for its peace and tranquility which has been severely violated. SKM party needs to grow up. They should stop such an immature act which is disgraceful,” he added.
Meanwhile, party president Pawan Chamling also described the entire scenario on his official Facebook page. “ Yesterday’s attack was attempt to murder. This incident shows that there is no law and order and there is no rule of law in Sikkim anymore. There is no environment for free and fair elections. In a democracy, everyone is allowed to campaign freely however, what happened yesterday shows a complete breakdown of the law and order system in Sikkim. The SKM government is creating hindrances in the way of fair elections and using violence as a means to impact the elections and I deeply condemn this. Thanks to the blessings of the people, I was not harmed but I am deeply hurt by the injuries caused to the people in our SDF convoy. I hope that the police take swift and strict action on those responsible for the brutal attack yesterday,” he wrote.
Young debutant Moses Rai is contesting from SDF against chief minister PS Golay from Poklok-Kamrang constituency in South Sikkim in the by-election to be held on October 21.