Gangtok, 12 Mar:
The election committee of Sikkim Pradesh Congress Committee [SPCC] has unanimously selected SPCC president Bharat Basnet as the party’s Lok Sabha candidate from Sikkim.
The committee has sent his name to the Congress party national president, Rahul Gandhi, for approval.
An SPCC press release informs that a meeting of the election committee on 09 March under the chairmanship of the party vice-president and chairman of the election committee, PL Gurung, shortlisted names of assembly and Lok Sabha candidates.
It is informed that the meeting unanimously selected the state Congress president Mr Basnet as the Lok Sabha candidate of the party from the State and sent it to the national president for the approval.
With this, Congress has become the first party to officially announce a candidate for the upcoming elections.