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In Sikkim, BJP Forges Alliance With SKM For Assembly Bypolls

The BJP is set to contest by-polls from Gangtok, Martam-Rumtek Assembly seats

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In a major political development in Sikkim, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and ruling Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) forged an alliance for upcoming by-poll where the election for three constituencies has been declared by the Election Commission of India. The three constituencies are Gangtok, Rumtek-Martam and Poklok-Kamrang.

The SKM will support BJP candidate in Gangtok and Rumtek-Martam constituencies and the BJP will support the ruling party in Poklok Kamrang constituency. “The SKM will not field its candidate in Gangtok and Rumtek candidate and BJP will not field its candidate in Poklok-Kamrang constituency,” said Jacob Khaling, spokesperson SKM party.

Khaling justified the alliance move by saying that it was the need to fulfil the long-pending political demands of the state. “There are as many as four to five political demands like tribal status for Limbo Tamang, community, schedule tribe status for 11 left out communities, safeguard of Article 371F. Looking at all these aspects, we have forged an alliance with the BJP,” he added.

State BJP in-charge Nitin Nabin said, “The demands of people of Sikkim highlighted in our (SKM and BJP) manifestos are similar. This is a new era to work towards the development of the state.”

State BJP president Debe Chauhan said that the SKM-BJP alliance for the by-elections is in the interests of the people of Sikkim and would greatly help to address the pending issues of Sikkim through the joint-efforts. 

Meanwhile, SKM spokesman Sonam Venchungpa on September 28th, 2019 joined Bharatiya Janata Party.