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Pawan Kumar Chamling marshalled out of Sikkim Assembly, claims democracy under threat

Former Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling got into a verbal altercation with Leader of the House Prem Singh Golay over a discussion Clause 4 and 5’s addition to the IT Exemption recently passed by the Finance Bill in Lok Sabha
Ex-CM Pawan Kumar Chamling walking out of the Sikkim assembly

Former CM Chamling in Verbal Altercation with Current CM Golay

Gangtok: On April 10, 2023, former Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling and Leader of the House Prem Singh Golay got into a verbal altercation during a special assembly in Sikkim over the discussion of Clause 4 and 5’s addition to the IT Exemption passed by the Finance Bill in Lok Sabha.

Chamling, who served as the Chief Minister of Sikkim for over 25 years, accused the current Chief Minister of mismanagement and corruption. He also criticized Golay’s policies and accused him of neglecting the development of the state.

In response, Golay accused Chamling of being responsible for the state’s poor economic and social conditions during his tenure. He also accused Chamling of corruption and nepotism.

The altercation between the two leaders caused a stir among the crowd, and the incident has since gained widespread attention in the local media.

10/04/2023:

🏛️ Former Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling and Leader of the House Prem Singh Golay got into a verbal altercation during a special assembly in Sikkim over the discussion of Clause 4 and 5’s addition to the IT Exemption passed by the Finance Bill in Lok Sabha.

👥 Several legislators from Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) were involved in altercations and speaker Arun Upreti walked out.

📜 Golay highlighted past incidents and notifications when Article 371F was violated by the previous government led by Chamling.

🗣️ Chamling demanded a point of order, which was denied by the speaker, and later went to the well of the Assembly to oppose.

📜 Chamling was marshalled out of the assembly and criticized the lack of democracy in the assembly.

📝 Golay specifically highlighted the Companies Act, passed in 2013, which has not been passed in Sikkim as it stands against the Sikkim Companies Act 1961 under Article 371F.

💺 The Minister of Law, Education, and Land Revenue & Disaster Management in Sikkim proposed resolutions in the Legislative Assembly, which were seconded by the Minister of Building and Housing, Social Welfare, and Women and Child Development. The House has passed all the resolutions.

Analysis of the Verbal Altercation

The verbal altercation between Chamling and Golay highlights the political tension in Sikkim. Both leaders have a significant following, and their accusations against each other are serious.

Chamling, who ruled the state for over two decades, is a prominent figure in Sikkim politics. However, he has been criticized for his autocratic style of functioning and allegations of corruption.

On the other hand, Golay is a relatively new entrant in the political arena. He came to power in 2019 after winning the state assembly elections. Since then, he has been working towards his vision of a ‘New Sikkim.’

The verbal altercation between the two leaders reflects the ideological differences between them. Chamling represents the old guard, while Golay represents the new wave of leadership in Sikkim.

Impact on Sikkim Politics

The verbal altercation between Chamling and Golay has significant implications for Sikkim politics. It could lead to a further polarization of the political landscape in the state.

Chamling still commands a significant following in Sikkim, and his accusations against the current Chief Minister could dent Golay’s popularity. On the other hand, if Golay can prove Chamling’s allegations wrong, it could enhance his credibility among the people.

Moreover, the incident could lead to a power struggle within the ruling party in Sikkim. Golay’s Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) has been in power for four years, and Chamling’s Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) is the main opposition party. The verbal altercation could galvanize the opposition and make them more aggressive in their attacks on the ruling party.

Conclusion

The verbal altercation between Sikkim’s former Chief Minister, Pawan Kumar Chamling, and the current Chief Minister, Prem Singh Golay, has gained significant attention in the local media. It reflects the ideological differences between the two leaders and could lead to a further polarization of the political landscape in Sikkim.

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Gangtokian Web Team, 10/04/23

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