Gangtok, December 10, 2012:
Rebel SDF leader Prem Singh Golay had been invited to join ongoing deliberations of opposition parties for forming a political alliance against the ruling front, clarified Concerned Society of Sikkim(COS) chief convener Nakul Das Rai.
It was initially understood that Golay was being kept out of the ongoing exchanges between opposition leaders which aimed to set up a ‘Democratic Alliance of Sikkim’, a coalition of opposition parties to fight an electoral battle against the SDF in 2014.
“We wanted all to be united and hence had extended an invitation to SDF legislator PS Golay before formation of DAS. All the opposition parties were in favour of being united but no representatives from the SDF rebel group came for the meeting. Perhaps, they were too busy. We have never overlookedthe SDF rebel group and we sent our invitation as it is our stand that Golay should also be in DAS”, said Nakul Das. The COS has been trying to bring the opposition political parties together and has already held two seminars attended by the opposition leaders. The proposed DAS is largely being advocated through the COS.
“The COS believes that all anti-SDF forces should be united to usher in a true democracy in Sikkim. There is no individual mastermind behind DAS and it is a product of mutual thinking of all leaders”, said Nakul Das.
The COS chief convener informed interactionshave been held with all opposition parties on DAS which is yet to be officially announced. All the national and regional parties are
in agreement for DAS and the alliance would be announced soon, he added. It was informed that State units of Congress, CPIM and BJP along with Sikkim Himali Rajya Parishad, Sikkim National Peoples Party, Sikkim Gorkha Prajatantrik Party and Sikkim Liberation Party have consented to be DAS members.
Golay, at the moment, is still a SDF legislator though his supporters have been announcing that a new political party under his leadership would be announced this month.
Courtesy: Sikkim Express