Saturday, August 2, 2014

Golay inaugurates new SKM head office at Tibet Road

GANGTOK, 01 Aug: Sikkim Krantikari Morcha [SKM] party president, PS Tamang [Golay] today inaugurated the party’s new head office at Ghaley Compound, Tibet Road.
Addressing the gathering of party officials, members and supporters, Mr Tamang said that it could be said to be a shifting rather than the opening of a new office. He thanked Phuchung Bhutia, the owner of the house where the SKM head office was located earlier at Convoy Ground, Tadong, for providing the space free of cost during the party’s inception.
“We ran the SKM party office from the previous location for more than 14 months starting from 21 February, 2013 before shifting to a better location in the heart of Gangtok for the convenience of the people coming to meet their area MLAs for different kinds of works,” he stated.
The present house has been provided by Devi Ghaley on a minimal rental for a period of one year, he added.
“The overall mandate of the Sikkimese people went to the Sikkim Democratic Front [SDF] party where they won 22 seats but the SKM party also won 10 seats which is quite a sizeable number and much parivartan has come after the SKM party has come up as the major opposition party in the state. The ruling party has not been able to provide proper answers to the queries raised by our MLAs and nor has the government been able to do anything independently or take decisions on its own as it used to be done earlier,” he informed.
The SKM president, who is also the Upper Burtuk MLA, said that the SDF party has been in power for 20 years but just won 22 seats in the recent election and that too using the power of money, while the SKM party in just a short span of time won 10 seats because of the votes of the people who wanted change.
“This proves what the SKM party is capable of doing and our target was not winning this election but to get started on our ultimate target of winning the 2019 general elections,” he added.
He informed that from the coming week onwards the party will be working on organizing the frontal organizations of the SKM party and then later on work on other organizations necessary to run the party in a disciplined manner.
Starting from Saturday, people can call upon their respective area representatives and MLAs three days a week [Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays] at the new party office. The basic facilities being provided to the SDF party supporters will also be provided to SKM party supporters, assured Mr Tamang.
Earlier in the programme, Phuchung Bhutia [previous SKM office house owner] and Devi Ghaley [present house owner of SKM office at Tibet Road] were felicitated by the party president, where he thanked both of them for their valuable and selfless contribution to the party.
Also present for the opening ceremony were Kunga Nima Lepcha [Shyari MLA], Pintso Choppel [Gangtok MLA], Shyam Pradhan [Arithang MLA], Timothy Basnett [ Upper Tadong MLA], senior SKM party members, party workers and local people.

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