Gangtok, 15 Jan:
Sikkim Krantikari Morcha president, PS Tamang [Golay], and Hamro Sikkim Party vice president, Bhaichung Bhutia, sat in a closed door meeting here today and emerged confident that the two parties could work together for Sikkim. The meeting lasted for around 40 minutes and the two are reported to have discussed many issues concerning Sikkim and explore the possibility of an alliance for Election 2019.
Speaking to media-persons after the meeting, the SKM president said that it was a very positive meeting.
“We will work together for the people of Sikkim. We talked about taking forward our programmes for the people of Sikkim. We talked about the issues of Sikkim. We are meeting again on 31 January for the second round of talks,” he informed.
Mr Bhutia added, “The meeting was very positive. We had discussions on many issues. We will meet again on 31 Jan along with CEC members of both the parties and take forward the talks. As said by Mr Golay, we will work together for the people of Sikkim”.
Asked about where the possibility of an electoral alliance stood and whether the CM candidate was discussed, Mr Tamang said, “We are positive about the alliance but it has not been finalized yert. We will have a meeting on 31 Jan with CEC members on this. The discussions took place on the issues of Sikkim. There was no talk about CM candidate. Whatever discussions took place were on the issues of Sikkim. We have no personal agenda. We will together take forward the issues of Sikkim seeing the current situation.”
Mr Bhutia echoed the same sentiments, albeit in a more abrasive tone. He said: “We have not come into politics to become CM or MLA…only Chamling is doing politics for the chair, only he is worried about the chair, he is not doing politics for Sikkimese people. We are not for CM’s chair but for the people of Sikkim. Our parties are not one man shows, so a final call will be taken by the CEC.”
Asked about whether other parties were also coming forward to explore alliances, Mr Tamang said that SKM was ready to work with parties which oppose the present system in Sikkim and want to bring change.