BJP to contest Sikkim elections with help from regional parties

Lotus will bloom in Sikkim in 2019: BJP in-charge for Sikkim SINGTAM, 21 JAN: Bharatiya Janata Party is all the set to contest the 2019 election in Sikkim with the help of regional parties. BJP election in-charge for Sikkim, Nitin Nabin today claimed that the lotus will bloom in Sikkim in 2019 as they have completed the first round of talks with regional parties in last two days. The decision on alliance with the regional parties will be made public within 10 days, he added. Mr Nabin along with the state unit president, DB Chauhan addressed a press conference at the party headquarter in Singtam, East Sikkim today wherein Mr Nabin stated that he is not just looking after the functioning of his party but is also here to talk with the regional parties of Sikkim and to understand what they want for the state. "We want to hear their heart out as well as understand the situation of Sikkim," he said. When asked about an alliance, he said that the party is open to alliances and has spoken with all regional opposition political parties. On Chief Minister Pawan Chamling’s allegations that the opposition is selling out to Delhi, Mr Nabin said that it is the mentality of the regional party and Chief Minister whereas BJP is an ideology based political party. Such comments do not affect BJP, he added. The Chief Minister had made the comment on Sunday at Mangan, North Sikkim while addressing the Gram Swaraj Abhiyan. He said that BJP is holding a meeting of the booth level committee on 11 Feb followed by a meeting with party intellectuals on 17 Feb and a youth convention on 19 Feb. On 25 Feb, a meeting with likeminded political parties will be held where national leaders are also expected to attend and guide the election campaign, he informed. He further said that on 26 Feb, BJP will come up with details of list of beneficiaries of 125 schemes launched by the Modi government to uplift the rural people’s living standard where national leaders are expected to address the gathering. A bike rally will also be held on 02 March across the State to show the BJP strength in up-coming elections. While replying to queries on party’s strength in terms of organization, Mr Nabin said that undermining the BJP’s strength would be wrong and election results will prove that. He said that BJP is all the set to retain power under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership. He refused to elaborate on the meetings with regional political parties and some active NGOs adding that the talks are on and the party will inform all the people about the outcomes of the meeting only after the central leadership’s nod. On Bhaichung Bhutia of Hamro Sikkim Party, he said Bhaichung is a national icon and has floated a political party to serve the State and its public. However, he denied claims of the ruling party that Bhaichung has floated his political party in close coordination with BJP. On pending demands of Sikkim, he said that the State BJP president will come up with details of what the BJP government have delivered so far and is committed to resolve the political demands of Limboo and Tamang communities in a short span of time.