Nitesh R Pradhan
Gangtok, Jan 17
“Our change is constructive, qualitative and creative,” stated Chief Minister Pawan Chamling while addressing the gathering at Janta Mela held today at Rorathang in East Sikkim.
He rebutted the opposition’s call for change and added that unlike the destructive agenda of such parties his government has given a happy present and a safe future to the people of Sikkim.
Stating that his next term in government would focus on making Sikkim the best State in the world ,CM Chamling stressed that there is no alternative to SDF in Sikkim.
He spoke on the stable socio-political status of Sikkim, reminding the people that everybody needs safety and security, whether rich or poor, a farmer or a bureaucrat, it is important to safeguard everybody’s democratic rights and the State under the present government has never had any conflict or insurgencies. He added even when neighbouring States have had strikes and agitations, Sikkim hasn’t been affected in regard to food and ration, safety and security within the State.
He asked the public to be cautious and responsible in choosing their government because elections come and go but Sikkim will remain forever. Hence, in the true democratic sense, people must remember the good changes and good development taken in the last 24 years for the government is in their hands. He also declared that he is content and has worked transparently, innovatively and clairvoyantly for the people and by the people.
He also informed that the power generation schemes will directly benefit the state’s exchequer approximately from 500 to 1000 crores with Sikkim exporting electricity soon.
Addressing those who were left out from the Janta Mela grants the CM said that government will make sure all citizens receive the benefit before elections.
“More than one lakh households and one lakh 70 thousand individuals have benefited from this Mela,” he said.
Reminiscing his long journey in governance the Chief Minister stated that he stated that it has been difficult to deal with central leadership in Delhi but has been able to convince them to fulfill all political demands of the state.
The CM also clarified that all Sikkimese students in schools or colleges be it private or government will get the grant of laptops.
Appealing to old time supporters of the party the CM stated that they must now be active and he is there for them.
Further the CM held that the rich and the powerful will flee Sikkim in case of any turmoil in the Himalayan state it is the employees and common citizens who will have to be here.
He added that voters must not fall prey to such rich and vested interest harping on caste and religion and vote for SDF to secure the future of Sikkim.
“There is no alternative that why I decided to contest in this elections,” he said.