A lot of fanfare surrounded Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu‘s scheduled visit to Sikkim last week and multiple ceremonial stages were created on Gangtok’s busy Mahatma Gandhi Marg to welcome him. 

However, the Vice President’s visit was cancelled due to incessant rains and landslides in the state. Interestingly, this was the fifth time his Sikkim visit had been cancelled.   

Naidu was scheduled to tour the busy town space as per the state government’s itinerary for his visit. At the entrance, as has been customary, the open space leading to the MG Marg has long been a venue for various events at MG Marg, and it was no different for the Vice President’s visit.

Only this time, the stage would reach right up to the feet of Mahatma Gandhi’s statue. However, amid constructing and then removing the temporary impromptu pandals, a plaque bearing the name and birth year of the Mahatma was broken.

The news was mostly swept along with the plaque, but a few citizens noticed the destroyed plaque, and were quick to post pictures across social media.

Sources in the government sector have informed, “It was destroyed while removing the pandals maybe around Wednesday evening. It was an accident. The state urban development department issued a strong objection on the same and ordered immediate restoration and action against those involved in the accidental desecration of the plaque.”

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