SKM trying to make BJP happy at the cost of the future of Sikkim and its people: Passang Sherpa
Jacob’s statement “CAA not been implemented in Sikkim” biggest lie in the history: Nawin Kiran
Gangtok, Dec 16
Political and social activists, Nawin Kiran Pradhan and Passang Sherpa have jointly condemned the recent press statement of the Political Secretary to the Chief Minister, Jacob Khaling that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 has not been implemented in Sikkim. They alleged that Mr. Khaling has been trying to misguide and deceive the people of Sikkim on the amended citizenship act.
It has to be mentioned here that in a press conference on Sunday the Political Secretary to the CM had mentioned that until Article 371F has been protected the Citizenship (Amendment) Act [CAA] would not be implemented in Sikkim. He further asserted that Bharatiya Janata Party in the Centre has assured to continuously protect Article 371F in the Parliament and even outside the Parliament so need to trust the BJP on the same.
Addressing a joint press conference here today, Sikkim Subject Committee vice-convener, Nawin Kiran Pradhan alleged that the statement of Mr. Khaling that the CAA has not been implemented in the State was the biggest lie in the history of Sikkim. While strongly condemning his statement, he alleged that SKM has been trying to deceive and misguide the people of Sikkim. He reiterated that like other parts of the country the CAA has also been implemented in Sikkim except for few areas of the north-eastern region falls under the Inner Line Permit and Sixth Schedule.
Mr. Pradhan stated that politicians, social workers, students and members of the civil society of Sikkim raised their single voice against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act [CAA], 2019 in the rally organized by Sikkim Progressive Youth Forum [SPYF] on Saturday. He mentioned that different walks of life had participated in the rally to protest the act but now just to accused students from Assam for creating unrest and anarchy in the State was totally wrong.
He stated that the claims of Mr. Khaling that the Article 371F would protect Sikkim from the CAA was another big lie as the Article 371F has not mentioned anything regarding citizenship. He said that the Article 371F protects the old laws of Sikkim but has not mentioned anything regarding citizenship. He alleged that the Political Secretary to the CM has not been speaking for Sikkim but has been speaking like the spokesperson of BJP.
Mr. Pradhan mentioned after banning to enter into other north-eastern states following protests, ILP and Sixth Schedule so Sikkim was the only and easy option for illegal immigrants. He stressed that the CAA would totally damage the State. While mentioning that SKM had promised in its election manifesto that CAB would be implemented in the State, he alleged that SKM has totally failed to fulfill its promise.
Likewise, I Am 371F coordinator, Passang Sherpa mentioned that the statement of the Chief Minister and even Mr. Khaling on the CAA have been based on the verbal assurance of the Union Home Minister but it does not have any legal stand. He stated that verbal assurance cannot stop the act to get implemented in the State as there was nothing in written for Sikkim. He added that to take the verbal assurance as the proof was the foolishness of the government. He mentioned that the government has been trying to hide its failure on the matter.
Mr. Sherpa mentioned that the rally had the participation of students and civil society of Sikkim and students from Assam and other States have shown their solidarity through their participation from Sikkim University Student’s Association. “We want to strongly condemn that Assam students have been trying to create anarchy in the State as the civil society has come forward to protest the act in the rally,” he said. He demanded that Mr. Khaling should apologize to students of Assam for his statement or to prove his accusation on Assam students of spreading anarchy in the State.
Mr. Sherpa further alleged Mr. Khaling for acting as the spokesperson of BJP. He questioned that if the CAA would not be implemented in Sikkim as claimed by SKM then why SKM MP protested and voted against the bill in the Parliament. He further placed his demand to immediately pass a resolution in the State Assembly that the CAA would not be implemented in Sikkim. He alleged that SKM has just been trying to make BJP happy at the cost of the future of the people of Sikkim.