New Delhi: For the coming Lok Sabha elections as well as state Assembly elections in Sikkim, the BJP has allied with the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM). (Also read: Congress Releases First List For Lok Sabha Elections)
Speaking to ANI, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said, “SKM is the main Opposition party in Sikkim. Its President and MLAs came down to Delhi yesterday (Thursday) and met BJP President Amit Shah. Today, together with our state party leaders, they came to meet me and finalised the understanding between the BJP and the SKM.”
He added, “We decided that both parties should fight the upcoming Parliament and Assembly elections together in Sikkim. The rest of the details, like seat-sharing will be worked out in the next couple of days.”
On its part, the SKM is upbeat about sweeping the Assembly elections. Party President Prem Singh Tamang has asserted that his party would do very well as people were fed up of the “corrupt” Sikkim Democratic Front government.
“We will sweep the upcoming Assembly polls in Sikkim, as the people have become tired of a corrupt government being led by Chief Minister (Pawan Kumar) Chamling for more than two decades,” he said at SKM’s seventh foundation day function last month.
Tamang, popularly known as P S Golay, also hit out at Chamling, his one-time mentor, for “dividing” the society on caste and communal grounds for “vote bank” politics.
The SKM chief had to bear with the ignominy of being disqualified from the membership of the Sikkim legislative assembly in 2016, following his conviction for a year in a corruption case.
“I had to serve a year in imprisonment for a crime which I did not commit,” he said, referring to the conviction in a cattle distribution scam during his stint as a minister in the Chamling government.