Thursday, November 19, 2009

Dissidence continues in Sikkim Democratic Front

Gangtok, November 19: Astounded by the recent comment of one of its former legislator Bhoj Raj Rai, who criticized Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) leader Pawan Kumar Chamling for his dictatorial style of functioning, the tremors are implied to have made the SDF ranks rickety. The situation in the ruling SDF has come to such a passé that state emissaries are seen busy computing to ascertain who among the SDF would stick to their master and who would shore up with their disgruntled MLA PS Tamang.

It is also learnt that Chamling’s ‘spin doctors’ are making tiring efforts to comprehend who would be the next after Bhoj Raj Rai to rise up against its own leader. Meanwhile, Chamling’s ‘Kitchen Cabinet’ is also busy recalling its founder member and former MLA Girish Chandra Rai during the turbulence. A member of the ‘SDF Kitchen cabinet’ on terms of anonymity informed that Girish Chandra Rai who is having a ‘cold-war’ relation with Chamling is believed to follow suit after the rebel Bhoj Raj Rai. All attempts to contact Girish Chandra Rai failed, as his mobile was out of range.

Interestingly, the SDF district level meeting slated for November 25 at Sichey public ground is seen to be deferred for November 27, the date scheduled for the foundation stone laying for a Kirat Rai Mankhim at Ranka under PS Tamang’s Burtuk constituency. Although the deferment has not been officially confirmed by the party.

It is also learnt that, DR Thapa who was earlier appointed the in-charge for the Upper Burtuk constituency is yet to assume his post while Ugen Bhutia, another party worker is expected to be replace Thapa for the post. It may be mentioned here that PS Tamang was marginalized to as the in-charge of tribal affairs of the party following a massive re-organisation within the SDF last week. Thapa’s mobile phone being switched off couldn’t be contacted for his views.

(Courtsey:Himalayan MirrorReport)
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