12 Mar, Gangtok : The country witnessed several statue cases in last two week in same row statue matter meets up in Sikkim now. The installation and unveiling of the statue of SDF party worker Late Arun Rai, who was killed during a political clash prior to the 2014 general elections, at Chakung, West Sikkim has invited stark criticism from the Sikkim Pradesh Congress Committee (SPCC).
SPCC General Secretary Punya Koirala has strongly voiced his displeasure over the installation of the statue and alleged that this sort of “cheap” political tradition would give rise to an unwarranted political ritual in Sikkim and points out at historical and political discrimination.
“Not just one or two, but political clashes have claimed the lives of many youths and party activists in the State. The likes of Nandlal Shivakoti, Taraman Chettri, Pemba lepcha, Dhan Maya Darnal, Sonam Bhutia, Mahesh Subba, C.B. Chauhan, N.K. Gurung and many others suffered similar fates. But neither of their statues was ever installed. The installation of Arun Rai’s statue is a discriminatory and an unwarranted act which serves no useful purpose for the state or its people,” stated Koirala in his release.
To make a statue and grant martyrdom status to those killed during party campaign is not justifiable and an act to annihilate the history of Sikkim. That the ruling SDF party is making statues and naming streets after their party workers is a grave misfortune for the people of Sikkim, Koirala added.