HSP picks Biraj for LS ticket, releases second list of candidates

Gangtok, 19 Mar:

Hamro Sikkim Party [HSP] spokesperson, Biraj Adhikari, was announced as the party’s Lok Sabha candidate from Sikkim. He will also be contesting the assembly elections from Rhenock constituency as the HSP candidate. Mr Adhikari had contested from Rhenock representing SNPP in 2009 and had also contested as the Lok Sabha candidate of Congress in 2004.

HSP released its third list of candidates for the simultaneous elections containing names of candidates for four more assembly constituencies and the lone Lok Sabha seat.

Rudra Khatiwara will be contesting from Chujachen in East Sikkim as the HSP candidate. He had recently joined HSP after quitting Sikkim Democratic Front.

The other HSP candidates are Phurkit Lepcha from Yuksom-Tashiding in West Sikkim and Sangay Chopel Bhutia from Gnathang-Machong constituency in East Sikkim.

Addressing a press conference here today, Mr Adhikari stated that his main agenda would be the protection and strengthening of the Article 371F.

He alleged violation and dilution of the old laws of Sikkim and the Article 371F in 25 years of SDF government.

He alleged that the Chief Minister has failed to work for Sikkim and its people and contended that he was a “compromised” CM trying his best to save himself from CBI.

Mr Khatiwara, in turn, stated that only HSP had youth-centric programmes and policies and was directly connected with the hopes and aspiration of the youth of Sikkim.

He alleged that other political parties in Sikkim have been misleading and deceiving the youth through propaganda.

Likewise, Ms Lepcha, who is an entrepreneur from West Sikkim, and Mr Bhutia, who is a driver by profession, thanked the party for providing them the opportunity to work for the people of their respective areas and assured to work hard to make the party stronger.

Mr Adhikari informed that in next few days the party will declare all its candidates. He added that the party has been on a door-to-door campaign in different parts of the State.