Tuesday, March 25, 2008

“Bhandari still believes in suppression of women”

Gangtok: “Former Chief Minister and Sikkim Pradesh Congress Committee President, Mr. Nar Bahadur Bhandari, has made a negative comment on a Sikkimese cheli (woman), Mrs. Tika Maya Chamling, winning award in the International Florishow 2008. It reveals that Mr. Bhandari still believes in suppression of women as in 18-19 century”. This is said in a Sikkim Democratic Front press release issued by SDF Publicity Secretary, Mr. T. N. Sharma.
The release said, “The florishow at Saramsa Garden, which attracted over one lakh visitors, including domestic and foreign tourists, earned wide applause from all over the country and abroad. Local, national and international media opined that by hosting such an international event Sikkim’s prestige has been heightened. SDF party feels proud when any Sikkimese woman, by dint of her own capacity, is able to win awards in such an international level exhibition”.
The release also referred to another remark of Mr. Bhandari. “According to a report in a daily newspaper of March 24”, the release says, “Mr. Bhandari has tried to instigate members of Limbu-Tamang communities by asking them to ‘come out in the open with khukri’ (chopper) to get their rights. It can not be accepted that he is speaking in the interest of Limbu-Tamang, or he has any moral right for that, because it is he (Mr. Bhandari) who on 21 April 1987 had snatched away their rights”.
“Mr. Bhandari, who had said in 1994 that he would ‘kill people as leeches are killed by putting salt on them’, is now seen by the people as only a noise maker and nothing else”, the release said, adding, “SDF party is committed to provide Assembly seats to Limbu Tamang and make Sikkim a tribal State and the party is working in that direction from the State Assembly to Delhi”