Letter reveals SKM MLAs were in talks with BJP headquarters

GANGTOK, 21 Nov:

Seven Sikkim Krantikari Morcha MLAs had expressed their desire to join Bharatiya Janta Party back in 2015, a letter from the MLAs addressed to BJP national president, Amit Shah, reveals. In the letter dated 10 Sept 2015, that was accessed by SummitTimes from a senior BJP Sikkim functionary, seven SKM MLAs including KN Lepcha and Sonam Lama expressed their willingness to join BJP without any conditions.

Other SKM MLAs who had signed the letter were GopalBaraily, Pintso Chopel Lepcha, Ugen Nedup Bhutia, TW Basnett and Shyam Pradhan.

The letter accused the state government of corruption stating that, “Corruption in Sikkim involving the incumbent Chief Minister, his present and past ministers and close associates has reached its nadir. Our sincere resolve to make Sikkim a corruption free state is in conformity to the campaign launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister.”

However, it is learnt that BJP was keen on a seat-sharing coalition which SKM was not comfortable with and after SKM’s poor show in the Municipal elections held in Oct, the BJP headquarters went cold on the negotiations.

Soon after the negotiations with BJP failed, 7 SKM MLAs excluding KN Lepcha and Sonam Lama joined SDF in Nov 2015.

SummitTimes tried to contact MLA, KN Lepcha, but he could not be reached on phone.