Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Opposition JAC leaders begin Jan Jagaran Aviyan “Undeclared Emergency in Sikkim”

GANGTOK, June 09: Leaders of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of opposition parties in the State began their public awareness campaign from today by distributing pamphlets among the masses, beginning from the MG Marg here in the Capital.
The pamphlet, titled “Undeclared Emergency in Sikkim,” was released by the JAC leaders here yesterday by its chief convener and president of Sikkim Pradesh Congress Committee (SPCC) NB Bhandari.
The JAC members, that included leaders from the Sikkim Pradesh Congress Committee (SPCC), Sikkim Himali Rajya Parishad Party (SHRPP), Sikkim State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Sikkim State Communist Party of India (Marxists), Sikkim Gorkha Prajatantrik Party (SGPP) arrived at the Secretariat here today to kick-start the programme by personally handing over the pamphlets to the government employees.
Calling the campaign “Jan Jagaran Aviyan”, the contents of the pamphlet alleges the suppression of democracy in the State by the ruling Sikkim Democratic Front party.
At the same time, JAC had written to the Superintendent of Police, East seeking permission for the use of a microphone in a public meeting to be held at Pakyong on June 11, Singtam on June 13 and Rongli on June 15 from 10am to 5pm.
“The permission from the SP is sill waited for as he was not in his office today due to the ongoing Assembly session. We will pursue the request with the SP tomorrow,” JAC members said.
In a press conference held yesterday, Mr. Bhandari said that they will begin their Jan Jagaran Aviyan for undeclared democracy from June 9 onwards.
“If the concerned authorities do not permit us to carry out the distribution of the pamphlets or prevent us from holding public meetings, then it is a right away evidence that that there is undeclared emergency and suppression of democracy in the State,” Mr. Bhandari said.
The JAC chief convener also raised serious concerns over the recent collapse of protection walls at Teesta Stage V by Teesta River and at the same time opined for immediate shifting of the affected people to safer places.