Saturday, March 22, 2014

SKM releases second list of 18 candidates

GANGTOK, 21 Mar: Sikkim Krantikari Morcha has announced a list of 18 candidates for the upcoming 9th State Assembly and 16th Lok Sabha Election 2014 today. Today’s list includes 17 candidates for the State Assembly seats and 01 for the lone Lok Sabha seat of the state.
With this the party has now announced 22 candidates so far and remaining 10 will be announced on Saturday, it is informed.
The party has fielded TN Dhakal as its Lok Sabha candidate while the party president PS Tamang [Golay] is fighting the election from two seats in Soreng-Chakung [West district] and Upper Burtuk [East district].  
The list of candidates announced today:
Yuksom-Tashiding [BL]- Thutop Bhutia; Yangthang - Karna Bahadur Subba; Maneybung-Dentam- Birbal Subba; Rinchenpong [BL]- Pema Kinzang Bhutia; Soreong-Chakung- Prem Singh Tamang; Salghari-Zoom- Bhanu Pratap Rasaily; Barfung [BL]- Pema Wangyal Bhutia; Namchi-Singhithang- Milan Rai; Tumin-Lingi [BL]- Nedup Tshering Lepcha; Chujachen- KB Gurung; Gnathang-Machong [BL]- Sonam Dorjee Bhutia; Namcheybong- Dilip Rai; Shyari [BL] - Kunga Nima Lepcha; Upper Tadong - Timothy William Basnet; Upper Burtuk - Prem Singh Tamang; Dzongu [BL] - Dawa Lepcha; Sangha - Sonam Kaleon; Lok Sabha- Tek Nath Dhakal.
The party had announced 4 names earlier on Wednesday. Gopal Baraily for West Pendam [SC], Ugen Nedup Bhutia for Kabi Lungchuk [BL], Lalit Sharma for Temi-Namphing and MN Sherpa for Daramdin [BL].
SKM spokesperson, MN Dahal said today that the parliamentary board of the party has given tickets to candidates from all categories and communities as per the desire of the local people. He congratulated and extended his best wishes to all candidates.
On the delay in announcing the candidates list, Mr Dahal said that discussions with the people regarding their choice of candidate took some time. He informed that the party will announce the remaining 10 candidates for the assembly election on Saturday.

SKM general secretary [publicity], Jacob Khaling alleged that the ruling party has been trying to create hindrances for SKM candidates who have high chances of winning in the coming elections. MK Subba, he stated, is one such candidate who has become victim to such attempts. He challenged the CM to allow MK Subba to contest elections from Rangang-Yangang. Here he also alleged of a conspiracy behind Pintso Chopel Lepcha’s arrest on Thursday in order to prevent the latter from contesting the election. 

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