GANGTOK, 24 May:
Sikkim Democratic Front today said that it will continue to work for the people of Sikkim as a strong opposition party and thanked the people for supporting the party for the past 25 years. SDF congratulated Sikkim Krantikari Morcha for its victory in the Assembly and Parliamentary elections but also stressed that they should fulfil all the promises made to the people.
Addressing a press conference this afternoon, SDF spokesperson Bhim Dahal stated that the people have chosen to give them the unique position of a strong opposition with 15 seats in the Assembly to raise issues that affect them.
“All our elected people’s representatives are very efficient and will raise strong voice for the people of Sikkim,” he said.
While congratulating SKM, Mr Dahal said that SDF will be watching and if SKM fails to fulfil promises made to the people, they will make sure that the people’s voices are heard.
SDF spokesperson, PD Rai informed that SDF got more number of votes overall than SKM. SDF’s overall vote percent 47.63% is higher than SKM’s 47.03%, he said.
This, he said, makes SDF a powerful opposition and the party will take this responsibility in all seriousness.
SDF spokesperson, KT Gyaltsen stated that the party respects the decision and mandate of the people of the State and moves forward to play its new role of constructive and positive opposition.
“If the leadership and works of our party was not good then we would have not got such mandate this time but the people gave their vote to SDF to work for them as a strong opposition in the State,” he said.
On reports of post poll violence, he stated that the SDF president has given strict directions to party cadres to maintain peace. He also appealed to the leaders of the opposition parties to do the same.
Responding to queries on SKM claims of proposing PS Tamang’s [Golay] name as the Chief Ministerial candidate, they said the ball was in the Governor’s court and he would take the decision.
On the party’s performance in West and South Sikkim in this election, PD Rai said that there might have been some weakness from the party’s side and if the elections had been held two weeks later the results could have been different.
The spokespersons also stated that although SKM won six seats in West, the difference in most seats was of two digits except for Gyalshing-Bermiok.
The press conference was also addressed by SDF general secretary, Kavita Subba.