Wednesday, June 13, 2007


Congress claims induction of 392 new members

GANGTOK, June 12: A meeting of the Sikkim Pradesh Congress Committee (SPCC) was held at the Congress Head Office here today.

According a press release issued by the party today, the meeting was chaired by SPCC President Nar Bahadur Bhandari. The Secretary, All India Congress Committee Maj. Ved Prakash, who is also the incharge of Sikkim and the North East States and in-charge of the Frontal Organisations, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Bhandari blamed the present SDF government for the “anarchical situation of the State resulting out of administrative and financial mismanagement.” He alleged that people of Sikkim were being deprived of their democratic rights and their hopes and aspirations were being suppressed. “No one dare raise voice against the government and the Chief Minister Pawan Chamling for the fear of victimization”, Mr. Bhandari said in the press release.

Maj. Ved Prakash advised the Congressmen to prepare for the imminent Panchayat and Local Body Elections of 2007 thereby emphasising on strengthening grass root level of the party for a better political footing in the State

Expressing his confidence in the State Congress, Maj. Ved Prakash described Mr. Bhandari an “experienced and seasoned leader, known all over India with whom the State Congress could definitely work towards achieving its goal of mitigating the sufferings of poor and innocent people of Sikkim,” the release states.

Maj. Prakash also expressed his opinion that the Congress would definitely form a government on its own in near future. He held a closed-door meeting with members of the Executive Body and Frontal Organisations, the press release adds.

The press release further says that 392 new members joined the Congress during the meeting, who were welcomed into the party by Mr. Bhandari and Maj. Ved Prakash. The new members are from Lachen-Mangshila and Kabi-Tingda Constituencies of North Sikkim, Regu, Rhenock, 20-Pathing, Central Pandam and Khamdong constituencies in East Sikkim, Rateypani and Melli Constituencies in South Sikkim and Hee-Bermoik Constituency in West Sikkim.