Bhaichung Bhutia Casts His Vote, Appeals Voters To Exercise Franchise

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Gangtok, April 11, 2019

Former Indian national football team captain and working president of the Hamro Sikkim party (HSP), Bhaichung Bhutia on April 11th 2019 has appealed to voters to come out in large numbers and exercise their franchise.

A total of 4.32 lakh voters will cast their votes for the Assembly and the Parliamentary elections on April 11th, 2019. While 150 candidates are in the fray for the 32 Assembly seats, 11 are in the contest for the lone Lok Sabha seat. The polling will be held from 7 am to 5 pm at 567 polling stations spread over four districts in Sikkim. The results will be declared on May 23rd, 2019.

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“I have given my vote, have you? I request everyone to exercise your right to vote and elect good representative for yourself. #NoVoterToBeLeftBehind #ElectionDay,” Bhutia tweeted.

Bhutia has entered into the fray from two assembly seats including Gangtok, reserved seat for the indigenous Bhutia-Lepcha communities. He is contesting from Gangtok and Tumen Lingi seats.

It may be mentioned that the former footballer has put two of his favourite jerseys on auction, on Sunday, to raise funds for his HSP, fighting the elections for the first time.

It may be mentioned that earlier he had joined the Trinamool Congress and contested the 2014 Lok Sabha election from Darjeeling and the 2016 assembly election from Siliguri, in West Bengal but he lost both times.