Monday, Jun 24, 2019 00:00 [IST]
Last Update: Monday, Jun 24, 2019 09:23 [IST]
GANGTOK: Even as the party’s pre-poll alliance with the SKM failed, Hamro Sikkim Party (HSP) working president Bhaichung Bhutia today said his party would extend support to the SKM government any way possible. Hailing the mandate given to SKM, Bhutia hoped the new government would give clean politics and work for the welfare of the State. He added that the HSP would be leading its own delegation to Delhi to meet the Central leaders to extend support for Sikkim and raise issues of the State largely on the context of the huge financial burden on the State as claimed by Chief Minister Prem Singh Golay.
Addressing media at the HSP office here today, the HSP working president said the recent Assembly election was a learning experience and the party’s ideals on working for the people and clean politics still stands. “Through Golay’s visit to Delhi we are being made aware of the many financial challenges. Through HSP, we are also planning to take a delegation to Delhi, and meet BJP leaders and ministers to make sure we raise some Sikkim issues and try and support the government in any possible way,” he said.
On the possible coalition with the SKM party, Bhaichung asserted that since day one they had kept the room for coalition yet the party had to fight on their own despite Golay-Bhaichung meet before the elections. “We had a meeting before elections where we had decided that we wouldn’t be fielding against Kunga Nima Lepcha and Sonam Lama because the kind of leaders they were and kind of clean politics they were giving with sincerity and hard work, we had respect for them. We had people from Shyari also coming and joining the party, but we made it clear we were not contesting from those seats. It’s the kind of politics we don’t get to see in Sikkim. Yet, tomorrow if any policy is against the interest of the people then we are definitely going to raise our voice.”
Bhaichung asserted on building the HSP team in a better way, claiming that the party had a great team when they started. “People left for various reasons and the team got broken. We have a team, but we need to make a stronger team, which we will start. We have a party meeting tomorrow and we will discuss thoroughly in what way the party should go forward. As we march to Delhi, we want to urge the Central leaders to support our State, through infrastructural development, through financial packages, as a border State that kind of support is necessary. With my personal and the party’s relation with the politicians in Delhi, we can put in good words to come and support Sikkim. HSP had a great relation with BJP before the election. We have both personal and professional relation with leaders in Delhi,” added Bhaichung.
On the possible coalition with BJP, he said, “We are definitely going to work with BJP as we have been doing before the election. Though we didn’t fight the election together, but we had a great relation. Our delegation will see how we can work together.”
The former Indian football captain said his relation with Union Sports minister Kiren Rijiju would get help and support for sports development in Sikkim. “SKM government will have to come up with a great plan and the right policies so that he can implement the same. The State government needs to study how we can really improve infrastructure facilities, the culture and environment in terms of Sports, making more kids play sports. We wanted to start a football academy in Sikkim which failed to happen with the previous government. Sports Academy is something we want to pursue with government, create lot of tournaments and platforms to come and play and go outside and represent.”
On the One Family One Job fiasco, Bhaichung opined it is quite difficult for the new government to counter 20,000 jobs under One Family One Job when the previous government implemented the same right at the end of its tenure. “There was no planning or new budget allocated, but it’s important that when such jobs were given the government should have been considerate to look after them and give jobs. I know it’s difficult but the parties have been considerate of giving them jobs while on the mass transfers, I feel it is a fair transfer as a new government would want to work with people who are in same wavelength as them.”
On Chamling’s promise of 60,000 jobs if voted back to power, Bhutia claimed Pawan Chamling and SDF party have done very little and very late for the youth of Sikkim, if they had done 20,000 jobs five years ago and given away 60,000 jobs in the last 25 years, I think he could have survived and ran the government again. What is being offered or being done is a little too late for the youth.