GANGTOK, Oct 15 - SDF supremo and former Chief Minister Pawan Chamling hit the campaign trail with a visit to the Martam Rumtek constituency today. Campaigning for SDF candidate Nuk Tshering Bhutia, he lashed out at the SKM Government, alleging that the people are witnessing undesirable changes after the formation under the new regime. He said that the expectations of the people from the SKM Government had not been met. Instead there is an atmosphere of fear, he alleged.
Chamling also alleged that Chief Minister PS Tamang was trying to defame the local populace by bringing in outside elements to Sikkim, who have been indulging in stone-pelting and violent incidents.
There is complete lawlessness in Sikkim with no security for the people, Chamling said and appealed to the Governor to impose President’s rule in view of the present situation in the State.
The former Chief Minister stated that in a sensitive border State, such a situation is uncalled-for and requested the Centre to give adequate protection to the people of Sikkim.
He also alleged that there would not be free and fair elections unless the Centre and the Election Commission of India supervises the bypoll in the Poklok Kamrang constituency.
The SDF supremo said that the bypolls hold significance as it is a referendrum on whether the Sikkimese people want to protect the special status vested by Article 371(F) of the Indian Constitution.