Cong to contest all 32 seats, releases final list

Gangtok, 22 Mar:

The Congress today released its final list of 16 candidates and with it confirmed its plans to contest from all the Assembly constituencies and the lone Lok Sabha seat in the State.

The list was released after the party high command cleared the list of candidates. The Sikkim Congress president, Bharat Basnet, who was already named the party’s Lok Sabha candidate, will also be contesting the Assembly elections from Namcheybong constituency.

The 16 remaining candidates announced today are:

Phuchung Lepcha for Rinchenpong, Passang Gyalchen Sherpa from Rinchenpong, Sandup Lepcha for Barfung, Kamala Rai from Namchi-Singithang, Hari Basnet from Melli, Tankanath Adhikari from Rangang-Yangang, Sangit Lepcha from Tumin Lingee, Binod Trikhatri for West Pendam, Bharat Basnet for Namcheybong [he is also contesting the Lok Sabha elections on a Congress ticket], Chewang Dorjee Bhutia from Shyari, Sonam Tshering Bhutia for Martam-Rumtek, Anita Gurung from Upper Tadong, Sumitra Rai for Arithang, Aita Tamang from Upper Burtuk, Gyurmik Yauseel Bhutia from Kabi-Lungchok, and Acharya Karma Tashi Bhutia from Lachen-Mangan.