GANGTOK, Oct 14 - Hamro Sikkim Party founder and vice president Bhaichung Bhutia has lashed out at the BJP for calling him �anti-national� over his slogan �Sikkim is not for sale�.
Talking to the media, the former Indian football captain said, �This is not a separatist slogan as the BJP is trying to project. No Sikkimese has a problem with it except the BJP.�
�I am not saying the BJP will remove Article 371 for sure, but after what they did to Kashmir, you can�t blame us for being a little scared. And the way they have blackmailed and bought Sikkim Democratic Front MLAs and now two seats of Sikkim Krantikari Morcha, we feel they can do anything they like,� Bhutia added. He said the HSP was �not for sale and neither is Sikkim�.
Recently, the Gangtok district administration had pulled down posters in Gangtok which displayed the slogan �Sikkim is not for sale�, with many alleging that the BJP put pressure on the government to do so. The state BJP had also criticised the HSP founder of being �anti-national� after putting up �Sikkim is not for sale� posters.