Three resign from Hamro Sikkim Party, believe it has no clear direction

Gangtok, August 26: On August 23, three executive members of Hamro Sikkim Party (HSP) through a press release announced their resignation from their posts and primary membership from the party with immediate effect. Palman Kami, Neeraj Adhikari, and Sonam Gyatso Sherpa, in their joint press release, said that the decision came after assessing and keeping […] The post Three resign from Hamro Sikkim Party, believe it has no clear direction appeared first on The Sikkim Chronicle - Sikkim News.

Three resign from Hamro Sikkim Party, believe it has no clear direction

Gangtok, August 26: On August 23, three executive members of Hamro Sikkim Party (HSP) through a press release announced their resignation from their posts and primary membership from the party with immediate effect.

Palman Kami, Neeraj Adhikari, and Sonam Gyatso Sherpa, in their joint press release, said that the decision came after assessing and keeping in mind that ‘the leadership of Hamro Sikkim Party is totally weakened after the General Election 2019 and there is no clear direction and guidance which has hampered the morale of party members.’

They have addressed that since the leaders of HSP have been hibernating for a ‘long time’ causing the party to not being able to stand in favour of the Sikkimese public at ‘crucial times.’ Furthermore, they have also stated that the three former executive members of HSP would continue to remain free of any political affiliations and would work for the betterment of the Sikkimese society in their ‘personal capacity.’

Hamro Sikkim Party was established on May 31, 2018, by former Indian football team captain Bhaichung Bhutia at Daramdin, West Sikkim, and was later registered as a political party to the Election Commission of India (ECI) on November 15, 2018. Bhutia during the foundation had been quoted saying that the party would be ‘opening to a federal front or third front, and was inspired by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)to fight against corruption.’ Bina Basnet is the Incumbent President of HSP.

The three executive members were also HSP’s candidates for the General Election of 2019- Neeraj Adhikari for Khamdong-Singtam, Palman Kami for Salghari-Zoom, and Sonam Gyatso Sherpa for Daramdin.

Sikkim Chronicle spoke to Sonam Gyatso Hserpa one of the executive members who handed over their resignation to better understand the matter. Sherpa says this decision came after a lot of thinking and the members decided that it would be better to resign when HSP during crucial did not speak up for the Sikkimese people, he says there were many instances where the party should have spoken up, which made it seem like the senior members of the party were not concerned.

Moreover, Sherpa said that the youth members asked the party heads to give them the reins of HSP so they could lead the party but yet again the party heads were least bothered which shows that there is no sense of unity and participation for the betterment of the Sikkimese society or did not trust them with HSP.

“The three members who resigned were also candidates of HSP for the General Election, 2019 from our respective constituency, so this lack of communication of HSP when they should have spoken up during important events, makes the people of our constituency ask us questions to which we had no answer,” said Sherpa.

“The only times we have spoken up since 2019’s elections are through other organizations like I am 371F Campaign and Unite for Sikkim etc.. There is no inclusion from the senior members of HSP in taking decisions and otherwise because most party heads are either out of the state or the country, is the main pillars of HSP are missing how can youth members be the support of the party.

A political party should work towards a collective goal, but ever since the 2019 Elections we feel like we were used just for the sake of it. Leaders like this are the problem for the youth,”

Sherpa concluded by saying, “We have asked several times to give us control of the party so we can take it forward but we were unheard or ignored. After the elections, functions and meetings of the party are conducted half-heartedly and with no decorum. More than anything we are very disappointed in HSP and its leaders and seniors for their lack of interest and concern for the Sikkimese society over the last year.

Despite repeated requests where we were ignored, upon thinking closely we came to the decision that it would be better to quit and work for the Sikkimese society independently and with no political affiliations. Even after our announcement of resignation, there has been no communication from HSP party heads and seniors which just shows how much our value was to the party.”

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