Monday, July 28, 2014

SKM accuses CM of making unconstitutional statement

GANGTOK, 27 July: Shyari MLA of the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha party, Kunga Nima Lepcha, has condemned the statement reportedly made by Chief Minister Pawan Chamling at Yangang, South Sikkim recently, terming it “senseless, un-parliamentary and unconstitutional”.
The CM, in his address, had allegedly announced all-out development for certain areas and complete neglect of other areas of the state. Referring to news reports of the function in South Sikkim and the CM’s address, the SKM MLA has said that all local newspapers have published the news which confirms the CM's statement. Further, the CM's backtracking from his own statement later reflects the "current decaying state of affairs", Mr Lepcha alleges.
The MLA has also alleged that there is "policy-conflict or mal-functioning" within the SDF government. He states that on 24 June when SKM legislators raised the issue of preserving the sanctity of Article 371 F in the Sikkim Legislative Assembly, the Chief Minister had said that raking the subject of Article 371 F time and again would weaken the Sikkimese society. On the contrary, the SDF's Lok Sabha MP, two days ago was reported to have sought tax exemption for old settlers of Sikkim on the basis of Article 371 F of the Constitution, alleges the SKM MLA.
The CM and his functionaries are speaking in different tongues while circulation of government notifications and its immediate roll back has become the order of the day. This, Mr Lepcha states, is only confusing the employees, students and general public of the state.
Meanwhile, Lok Sabha MP, PD Rai has said that the SKM party's allegations are an "exercise in distorting reality" and another attempt by SKM to obfuscate the issue of Article 371F to further their vested interests.
The MP has contended that the CM's simple thanks to the people of South and West Districts for reposing their faith in Sikkim Democratic Front for a record fifth term has been distorted and quoted out of context. Further stating that his words have also been distorted, Mr Rai has stated that Mr Lepcha has not understood the Chief Minister's words or his.
Instead, the MP has asked the SKM MLA to clarify if he is against Income Tax exemption for old settlers of Sikkim.

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