Confident of 26 plus seats including LokSabha: SDF

Gangtok, 20 May:

Commenting on reports emerging of exit polls on what the EVMs hold for Sikkim, Sikkim Democratic Front spokesperson, PD Rai,underlined today that the party is confident of forming the government for a record sixth term and also winning the LokSabha elections.

"We are very confident that we are forming the government with a comfortable majority of 26-plus seats," MrRaisaid in a press conference today.

Exit polls are predicting a close contest in Sikkim with some even giving SKM the edge. However, MrRai,contended that almost all exit polls are leaning in favour of SDF returning to office.

While exit polls are predicting that SKM will win the LokSabha elections here, MrRai said,"The LokSabha seat is firmly under our grasp."

He cautioned that exit polls and other surveys have repeatedly failed to get the numbers right.

He cited the example of the 2004 LokSabha election where the NDA led by former PM,AtalBihari Vajpayee lost power.He also added that the recent Australian general elections also sprung a surprise irrespective of what polling surveys predicted.

Criticizing Sikkim KrantikariMorcha for allegedly manhandling surveyors when they were conducting a post poll survey, he stated that all have a right to conduct surveys but the result can be shared only after the stipulated time decided by the Election Commission.

"What SKM did was highly condemnable," he said.

MrRai stated that the party’s internal survey gives the ruling front 26 plus seats alongside Sangha.

"We are more than confident about this," he said.

Citing a number of national pollsters that have predicted that SDF will win, he said that people will bring SDF led by Chief Minister PawanChamling back to power for a record sixth consecutive term.