P S Golay released from jail

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SUJAL PRADHAN
Gangtok
10 Aug 2018

Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) president P S Golay was on Friday released from a Sikkim jail, after serving a year's term following his conviction in a corruption case. The chief of the opposition SKM party was greeted by supporters as he came out of Rongyek jail near Gangtok after which his entourage left for Singtam in East Sikkim, where he addressed party workers.
The five-time MLA was in high spirits after his release from the jail. Thousands of volunteer joined the procession from Rongyek as they encircled Gangtok town. In between Golay was welcomed at different places on his way to Singtam.
“Even though it was a conspiracy but respecting the court order I surrendered before the court last year for the one year jail term,” Golay said at Singtam, addressing the first public meeting after his release. ”I still remember when I went to jail with tears in my eyes and parted with my people and party workers. But today I am happy as I can see thousands of Golays like me, I am really happy.”
Golay added: “'I was confident, at that time when I went to jail that thousands of Golay will take birth. Now I am happy seeing these thousands of Golays propagating our philosphy and this is the earning of my one year in exile.”
He also thanked acting president of SKM K. N. Lepcha and MLA Sonam Lama for supporting the party during his absence and said: “Now I am back will take the responsibility of the party and we will start our programme from August 16. I would like to thank our people for their trust and support on me.”
Touching upon the issue if he could contest in the election in 2019, Golay said: “I don't know if I can contest or not that is the Election Commission' s take but I am sure the Krantikari football team will win with or without the captain playing the match. Krantikari will form the government.”  He said now he would have to plan how to take the party forward and form a government of the poor people in the next election.
Golay was sentenced to one year imprisonment by a lower court in December 2016 after he was convicted of misappropriating Rs 9.5 lakh meant for distributing cows to beneficiaries under a state government scheme, when he was the animal husbandry minister in the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) government in 1994-1999.
The sentence of the lower court was upheld by Sikkim High Court in June last year following which he had surrendered before the district and sessions court at Sichey on this date last year. Golay had resigned from the SDF in September 2013 alleging nepotism and lack of proper leadership and floated the SKM.