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GANGTOK,: Chief Minister P.S. Golay on Saturday said it was the SDF which had conceded the goal in 2019 Assembly elections itself and lost the mandate of the Sikkimese people.
“The SDF had conceded the goal in 2019 Assembly elections itself and lost…got discarded by the people. The former Chief Minister must accept democracy and his defeat,” said Golay. He was responding to questions from media at Rangpo.
Former Chief Minister and SDF president Pawan Chamling had on March 4 contended that the SKM government, in these two years, only scored “suicide goals”. The SDF will now enter the field and score proper goals for Sikkim, he had said.
Asked on certain portions of Chamling’s speech, Golay countered that the former Chief Minister always misled the people and SDF workers during his government.
“It was good to note that Chamling will now hand over the SDF to the youth…finally his mind has opened up. However, he is the same person who used to say before 2019 that there is no alternative to him and only he can run the SDF. People have seen through his lies. After the 2014 elections, he had announced to resign from politics if Limboo and Tamang communities do not get (Assembly) seats before 2019 elections. He did not resigned and now only make allegations against us,” said Golay.
Golay maintained that the electoral defeat of SDF in 2019 was a result of weak leadership from Chamling.
“Chamling also mentioned that SDF could not come to government due to internal fighting in the party. This shows failure of his leadership as he could not settle the internal differences. How can he resolve the issues of Sikkim if he cannot settle infighting within his house? Hence, he was ousted from the government by the Janta,” said Golay.
The Chief Minister straightway dismissed Chamling’s allegation that the SKM government has sold the hydel power equity share of Sikkim.
“We have not sold any share of the government. There is 60.08% share of the State government in Teesta Urja Ltd and we still have 60.08% share. However the shares of companies from outside are their own and can give to others after taking permission from the government. But the share of the State government is with the State government. It is a false allegation from Chamling like he said there is Sangha reservation in municipal elections,” said Golay.