Monday, December 16, 2013

SKM’s student front rally protests ‘druggist’ tag

GANGTOK, 15 Dec: Sikkim Krantikari Vidyarthi Morcha, the students’ wing of the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha, took out a rally here on Saturday. SKM supporters carrying banners and placards, shouted slogans against the tagging of the party youth as ‘druggists’ and ‘rowdies’ by the Chief Minister and the Sikkim Democratic Front as they walked along the National Highway 31A from the SKM head-office to Zero Point.
The rally was participated in by a large number of youth from different parts of the state along with SKM leaders and workers.
Speaking to media persons, the SKVM chief co-ordinator, Dr. Mechung Bhutia, said that the Chief Minister has been constantly referring to the SKM party youth as “druggists and rowdies” and added that such language by a person occupying a constitutional post was totally unacceptable.
“Through this rally, on behalf of the youth of Sikkim, the student’s wing demands an apology from the CM failing which we will take the matter to the courts,” he said.
The student’s wing chief convener, Karma Tashi Bhutia, in turn alleged that the Chief Minister was trying to misinform the public by calling the youth and students supporting SKM “rowdies and druggists”. Condemning the CM’s comments, he reiterated the demand for an apology from the CM to all the youth and students of the state.
Apart from this, the rally also raised slogans against the high suicide rate in the state, drug addiction and protection of Article 371 F. The rally concluded at Zero Point after some SKM leaders addressed the gathering.

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