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Internal terrorism prevails in Sikkim: Bhandari

Posted by Ramesh Khati on September 9, 2009

Gangtok(Samay Live): Sikkim’s Pawan Kumar Chamling government has imposed ‘internal terrorism’ in the state to prevent people from speaking openly on public issues which, he claimed, has prevented emotional and political integration of the state with the Union of India.

There was a reign of terror in the mindset of the people who felt scared to speak out on general issues fearing a backlash from the SDF government, state Congress president Nar Bahadur Bhandari alleged today.

Bhandari, who recently returned here after addressing election meetings in the poll-bound Namchi-Singithang assembly seat, claimed that people were afraid of talking openly on price rise, lack of development, unemployment, etc as their voices would invite punitive retaliation from the SDF workers and agencies of the state government.

Lack of public participation in the affairs of the state has acted as an obstacle towards the emotional and political integration with other parts of the country, Bhandari, a former chief minister of 15 years, told reporters.

The Centre should take note of the political situation in Sikkim under the Chamling government, Bhandari said.

Development and infrastructure works stood only on papers as the officials were corrupt, he claimed and asked the Centre to seek utilisation certificate from the state against central funds.

Bhandari also raised the issue of Chamling’s nationality, a controversy going on for sometime.

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