Gangtok, 24 Mar:
Sikkim Krantikari Morcha party president, PS Tamang [Golay], today clarified that his son, Aditya Golay, getting the party ticket to contest from his home constituency, Soreong-Chakung, was not a manifestation of either nepotism or his personal interest, but in response to the people’s demand.
Mr Tamang, it may be recalled, cannot contest elections for till August 2024 and does not feature in the SKM candidates list. He has however been officially projected by the party as its chief ministerial candidate.
While rumours had been circulating that Mr Tamang will field his son in his lieu from Soreong-Chakung and Upper Burtuk [his last constituency], this was confirmed only on Saturday when Mr Golay’s candidature was included in the SKM final list.
Mr Tamang today insisted that people from Soreong-Chakung and Upper Burtuk had both demanded his eldest son as the SKM candidate and that the party’s parliamentary committee decided to field him from the former.
He added that this was also in line with the party’s commitment to give opportunities to the youth.
As for his own being named as the Chief Minister candidate even though he cannot contest elections, Mr Tamang said that this was decided by the party’s parliamentary committee and not him.
“I have not come to politics to become CM, but the party has given me a responsibility and I am ready to fulfill the decision,” he said.
Mr Tamang also informed that SKM will go into full campaign mode once the scrutiny process of nomination papers end on 28 March. “After that we will be have daily programmes and campaign in every constituency. I will tour each constituency during the campaign,” he said.
Also today, SKM party spokesperson, Jacob Khaling, stated that the party chose candidates after weighing all factors and on the people’s demand.
The party’s Cheli Morcha chief convener, Kala Rai, who was also a member of the parliamentary committee which selected the candidates, accepted that there has been some criticism over SKM picking only two women candidates.
“We were in the favour to having at least four women candidates, but we could not despite of our best efforts while trying to balance the candidates list from every community,” she explained while stressing that SKM candidates offered Sikkim the best options and calling on the people to support them.