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SDF is a monarchy: Bhaichung Bhutia

Press Trust of India  |  Gangtok 

and and of Hamro Party (HSP), today charged the ruling Democratic Front (SDF) being led by Kumar Chamling for being a monarchy.

"Chamling (67) has been the ever since the party was founded in 1993...What is it if it is not a monarchy?" he told reporters after inaugurating his party office at Deorali.

Hitting out at the and his senior party colleagues for making fun of his new outfit saying that a team cannot perform without a captain, Bhutia said that it was not for the SDF to worry about how HSP has to be run.

"We will decide on the issue of our when the time comes," the former football said.

He claimed that the HSP has make a great start in political arena of and given hope to the people that they can have a true democratic system in the state if they back a party which believes in democratic principles within the organization and in public life.

The SDF and HSP leadership have been locked in a bitter war of words even since the new party was formally launched in Sikkim on May 31.

Bhutia had accused the of being a "dictator", "corrupt" and "communal" during his maiden speech at Daramdin in West Sikkim on the day of launch of HSP.

Bhutia is a of HSP.

The SDF yesterday hit back at Bhutia, dubbing his attack on chief minister last week as baseless.

"has been a legendary footballer, but he is behaving like a 'Shikhandi' (a negative character of the epic 'Mahabharata') by firing from the back of those forces inimical to peace and tranquility in Sikkim," SDF's senior spokesperson has said.

Dahal also brushed aside any challenge from Bhutia's party saying a team has no chance in a game if it does not have a

"Bhaichung, who had captained and various club teams for long, should know the importance of a in a team game, but the former international has forgotten the basic rule and launched a regional party without a captain," Dahal has said.

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First Published: Fri, June 08 2018. 18:45 IST