Gangtok: The Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) has demanded for President’s Rule in the state calling the state lawless in the wake of alleged attempt to murder SDF spokesperson JB Darnal on June 12. Laying precedence on the collapsing health and economic condition in the state, SDF chief spokesperson MK Subba said that President’s Rule is an absolute necessity in the state.
During a press meet, Subba said that lawlessness in Sikkim started since Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) formed the government and ushered in their ‘Parivartan‘ in May, 2019.
“It has been a chronological affair since SKM took over the government. There have been incidences of 370 houses being attacked, 345 vehicles, and 175 people beaten up. Along with it, there was the incident of heckling from the visitors’ gallery against former CM Pawan Chamling in the Sikkim Legislative Assembly. The SKM has not left their own as well in these incidents of violence; a sitting minister MK Sharma was attacked in broad daylight along NH 10 in March, 2020. There were also statements of destroying Chamling by minister Sanjeet Kharel on June 23, 2019,”stated Subba.
Subba also highlighted of the incident against former CM Chamling when his vehicle was attacked during the by polls campaigning in Poklok-Kamrang constituency late last year.
On the recent attack, he said, “With regards to the attack on JB Darnal, there was threat post across social media days prior to him being attacked. It showed Darnal all bandaged and the same incident followed in broad daylight right outside our party office. It was pre-planned attack when Darnal was returning from Sadar Police Station. Darnal being a tall person, he was attacked in the head with a metal rod, they then attacked his legs and ran away. Darnal has since been admitted to Central Referral Hospital and his condition is critical. He has suffered skull fracture and damage to his ribs.”
On the allegation of SDF had attacked its own spokesperson, Subba said these were blatant lies. “Blaming us for the attack is the cover up that the SKM government is trying to play with. SDF has never stooped so low to attack its own party workers for political mileage. 72 hours have passed since the attack and the Chief Minister PS Tamang is mum on the incident. It was their own party worker Pravash Limboo who had declared the attack over social media on June 9. Furthermore, we have also come to know that SKM social media’s secretary and general secretary have crafted the attack on Darnal. Despite all the leads evident to the Sikkim Police, they are not conducting an investigation and the culprits are out in the open still and there is no statement from the Sikkim Police on the investigation being carried out,” he said.
Subba accused SKM of conducting “organized criminal syndicate like the underworld”.He also accused SKM of indulging in political terrorism and political assassination. “SDF has given the state government an ultimatum till June 20 to find all the culprits. The failure of the state government in investigation will result in action from SDF. The state has recently appointed IPS Tenzing Loden Lepcha as the Superintendent of Police for CID special branch. But CID is not being put to duty to investigate the matter, instead they have deputed at Manipal Hospital to keep track on the victim Darnal,” he alleged.
The SDF also took the platform to highlight the shortcomings of the government amidst the health and economic crisis in the state.
“We have demanded Preisdent’s Rule largely because the National Disaster Management Act in the state has failed so far. The state is yet to release Disaster Relief Fund to the State while sanctioning various projects with no budget in place. Sikkim government is under deficit with regards to the State budget. There is hike in prices of all the essential commodities and taxes are being hiked upon the people. The 2020-21 budget has failed already and Sikkim government is not even estimating the losses. They are clouding the people with sanctions but there is no budget on the same,” he added.