Chamling’s Indian Nepalese comments draw flak

The statesman

GANGTOK, 2 APRIL: Taking cudgels at the Chief Minister, Pawan Chamling for raising the issue of the muddled identity of the Indian Nepalese and for revealing about a secret letter purportedly sent to the Centre terming Indian Nepalis as foreigners, leaders belonging to the Opposition parties in Sikkim called these as gimmicks meant to confound common people with the next Assembly election approaching.

A former state minister and Sikkim Pradesh Congress Committee (SPCC) vice-president, Mr K N Upreti, said the latest from the chief minister was meant to divert the people’s attention from the real issues of the state by raising bogey over an international treaty.

He should prioritise Sikkim’s real issues instead of commenting on extraneous matters like the Indo-Nepal treaty, the Congress leader said in a press release issued yesterday.

State BJP president Padam Chettri said the Sikkimese people have the right to know the identity of the ‘villain’ out to denigrate the Sikkimese Nepalese as foreigners at the national level.

“Mr Chamling is definitely in the know who are denigrating us this way. He should disclose the identity of the person who has purportedly written a letter to the Centre. It is, however, surprising that he has raked up the matter after 19 years. Maybe he has written such a letter himself,” he added.

Sikkim Liberation Party (SLP) chief convenor Duk Nath Nepal said Mr Chamling has rubbed insult to the injury to the people of Sikkim.

“Mr Chamling is intent on milking the identity crisis issue to derive electoral benefits. He vowed to erase the immigrant- tag involving the Indian Nepalese. Two decades have passed and he did nothing. Now he has revived the issue with another election approaching. This is cunning and the people would see through it,” he said.

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