Sikkim | PM Modi wants BJP govt in state: Chauhan
GANGTOK | September 27, 2018:
On Tuesday, State BJP president D.B. Chauhan had claimed that Narendra Modi wants BJP government in Sikkim and this is the reason why the PM did not endorse 'Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF)' government in his Pakyong public speech
In a press meet which was held at Press Club of Sikkim, Chauhan said that the Prime Minister during his meeting with the State BJP unit functionaries on September 23 had said that Sikkim should have BJP government.
Chauhan said that PM wants BJP government in the state so that the Mission Development of the BJP reaches to the people of Sikkim. This is the perception of the Central BJP leadership. Modi gave a clear signal to us during the meeting which lasted for 55 minutes, he said.
"There is a vast difference in the speech given by the Prime Minister in 2016 and 2018. Last time, the Prime Minister lavished praises on Chief Minister Pawan Chamling but he did not do this time. By doing this, he has given a clear signal to the State BJP workers and also the people of Sikkim that BJP is serious regarding Sikkim. He showed the way and vision of the development of BJP to emancipate the people of Sikkim from the 25 years rule of Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF)," said Chauhan.
"Nowhere in his speech did the Prime Minister endorse the SDF government. Instead, he congratulated the people of Sikkim for the Open Defecation Free status of the State and he congratulated the farmers for the organic mission. Everyone who heard the speech is aware that the Prime Minister did not endorse the SDF government as he had done in his first visit in 2016," said the State BJP president.
Chauhan maintained that the 'clear signal' from Modi has energized the State BJP workers. Modi has left a fertile field for the State BJP to work upon and take forward in Sikkim, he said. Our party workers will be going to the people and sharing this development mission of the BJP for Sikkim and its people, he added.
He further added that the Prime Minister publicly shared the quantum of funds being sanctioned by the Centre for various infrastructural works in Sikkim like road construction, electrification and environment protection. The Prime Minister wanted the people of Sikkim to know about the development focus from BJP towards Sikkim and the other Northeastern States, he said.
It was also to respond to critics in Sikkim who feel that the BJP government at the Centre has not given developmental funds to Sikkim, said Chauhan.
Chauhan mentioned that the Prime Minister also 'tactfully' handled the demands placed by Chamling during the Pakyong public address.
The Chief Minister had urged Modi to resolve the pending Limboo-Tamang Assembly seat reservation demand before the 2019 elections. He had also requested that the 11 left-out communities of Sikkim are granted tribal status, which is also a pending demand from Sikkim.
On this, the Prime Minister had replied that he is having personal discussions with the Chief Minister on the demands and that there is no need to separately make public mention. But, I assure you that India has to be taken to newer heights and Sikkim also needs to be taken forward to realize the dream of all sections of the people, he had said.
Referring to this, Chauhan alleged that Chamling wanted to gain political mileage by getting a direct commitment from the Prime Minister in front of the gathering at Pakyong. "Chamling wanted to gain political mileage by getting some direct commitment from the Prime Minister in front of the public. He wanted to take credit on these two demands," he said.
However, the Prime Minister gave a tactful response to the speech of the Chief Minister and nipped any such possibilities at the bud, said the State BJP president.
"The Prime Minister is aware of these demands and has given a positive assurance to the people. It is known for all that the BJP government in Centre is serious on the Limboo-Tamang seat reservation issue and the demand of tribal status for the 11 left-out communities of Sikkim. The BJP government is working on these two demands," said Chauhan.