Soreng: Chief Minister Prem Singh Golay returned to the picnic ground of Rolu in South Sikkim, where he first defied former Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling’s regime in 2009.

The place where 31 government employees had attended, 16 of whom were suspended by the former government, is largely considered as the birth place of Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) party, even though it was formed almost 4 years later.

The 13th Rolu Diwas, as has been named by SKM party, to which Golay serves as the party president, is considered a sacred ground for the ‘Krantikaris’. On December 21, amidst a massive gathering of party supporters, Golay repeated the very lines he said 13 years ago, “Bringing CBI to Sikkim”.

He admitted, “After forming the government in 2019, I changed my stand on bringing CBI to Sikkim. I felt why trouble all the people and some of my former colleagues with witch hunting over corruption. But even now, the opposition poses questions to us on the promise to bring CBI to Sikkim. I wanted to bring everyone along with me in this fight for system change, but sadly laaton ke bhoot, baaton se nahi mante. So, we will reveal all the names of those involved in massive corruption during the previous regime, on February 4, on the occasion of 10th foundation day of SKM party.”

Golay also slammed the administrative running of Sikkim, saying, “We are yet to bring the promised system change in Sikkim.”

The CM was hinting on alleged corrupt practices of Sikkim’s bureaucrats which has now grown as an everyday practice. “Our system has not changed, it is still as it was in the past 25 years. Our mentality is the same. There is a reason we kept the State vigilance department dormant so far, letting everyone flourish under our regime. We do hear of the woes of our people, and how the administration takes advantage. We will take action against these ‘Sashaks’. And when we do, do not come pleading with your cases, as relatives or friends of such corrupt individuals, the SKM government will not tolerate that.”


Golay also promised for better working of the government in 2022, adding, “Kindly do not invite us for cultural programmes unless it is in the national interest. We have lots to work for our people in 2022 and we hope to keep our focus on that.”

The CM also urged his party supporters to welcome everyone to the party, irrespective of their differences with the SDF party. He urged his followers to curb down on their ‘ego of having a ruling government and welcoming everyone’.

“Today, we have welcomed many of the senior leaders of the SDF party to join us. Bikram Pradhan served as a legislator with SDF, Sonam Dadul Bhutia a former legislator from Yuksom Tashiding. We also have former Minister RB Subba in attendance. We are welcoming them to join us, as we do not want to keep that ego against them for being in the opposition.”

Earlier in the day, Golay spoke highly of his son Prabhakar Golay’s initiative ‘Gareeb Jan Kalyan Prakoshta’, which has since February 2021 catered to 2988 patients in Sikkim with medical facilities, reimbursement, referrals, and treatments in all the 4 districts of Sikkim. Gareeb Jan Kalyan Prakoshta has an elaborate team that caters to medical aid for the needy.

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