Gangtok, 15 Mar:
The SKM-BJP alliance appears to have fallen through. In a brief post on its official Facebook page, SKM Darpan, quotes the party president, PS Tamang [Golay], as announcing that there will be no alliance with BJP for the upcoming elections and that the party would go it alone and contest the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections on its own.
He is reported to have made this announcement at an emergency CEC meeting of the party held at Jorethang today. There was no official communication on this development from the party till the time of going to print.
The reasons why the alliance failed, if it has, will be known in the coming days once the party makes an official announcement about it.
Meanwhile, the same Facebook page also announces that the party’s candidate list will be released on 20 March.