SDF will field 50% fresh faces this election: Chamling. In a democracy anyone can call a bandh but p


Sikkim Democratic Front president and the Chief Minister, Pawan Chamling has hinted that in the coming election, 50% of the party’s candidates will be fresh faces while 50% will be senior leaders. He has also indicated that 30% tickets will be provided to women candidates.

While speaking to media persons at Mintokgang on Wednesday, the CM mentioned that the party has been working towards this goal.

“I want to give 30% reservation to women. Although, the people want male candidates but I personally, would like to give 30% tickets to women candidates,” he said.

Mr Chamling also said that the party would announce its candidates immediately after the announcement of the election dates. While responding to queries about rumours about the SDF president contesting the upcoming election from other constituencies, Mr Chamling clarified that he would contest the election from his own constituency of Namchi-Singhithang and would not change his constituency.

“I will win the election for the eighth time from my constituency and make the record of 40 years as Area MLA from the same constituency,” he stated. On SDF’s defeat in Rangrang-Yangang in the 2014 by-elections, Mr Chamling said that it was regretful but even the people of the constituency have been repenting so it will not happen again and SDF will win from this constituency. On SKM president, PS Tamang’s [Golay]call fora state-wide strike from 26 Feb if the government fails to fulfill its 30 demands by 25 Feb, Mr Chamling stated that everyone can raise their voice in a democracy and can even call a bandh. However, he added that the people will decide whether the bandh will be for the good or not and the people will distinguish between truth and untruth and peace and unrest.

“It is the responsibility of the State government to provide security to the people and we will provide full security to them. People need not fear as we will maintain law and order,” he said. On whether PS Tamang [Golay] can contest the upcoming election, the CM stated that he wants Mr Tamang to fight the election but whether that is possible is purely a legal matter and only time will tell.