Gangtok, February 2, 2019
With only two months left for the Lok Sabha elections, Sikkim Krantikaari Morcha (SKM) announced that their president P S Golay will contest the state Assembly polls.
The party is of the view that Golay is eligible to contest the assembly polls as the relevant provision in the People’s Representation Act, 1951 under which he was disqualified post-conviction in a corruption case stands repealed.
SKM’s legal cell head Rinzing Dorji Tamang told the media that following clarity on the legal position under the RPA Act with regard to disqualification of a member of assembly post-conviction in a case, Golay has decided to contest in the Assembly elections.
The party members said that this decision has boosted the morale of them ahead of the polls but from which constituency he will contest is yet to be decided.
It may be mentioned that Golay, a four-time MLA had formed the SKM which went on to win 10 seats in 2014 assembly polls. Seven of these 10 SKM MLAs subsequently defected to the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) while Golay himself was convicted to a year’s imprisonment in a corruption case. He was released from jail after serving out the sentence in August last year.