Golay leads victory rally to Gangtok “Legislators will decide the next CM”

Gangtok, 24 May:

Sikkim Krantikari Morcha president, PS Tamang [Golay], accompanied by the parties elected representatives from South and West Sikkim, arrived here late Friday evening on a victory rally which started in the morning from Soreong.

The SKM rally, which stopped along the route to be greeted by party supporters who had gathered in large numbers all along the way, took the whole day to reach the capital and making several stopovers along the way.

Speaking to media-persons at Deorali, on the question of who would be the chief ministerial candidate, Mr Tamang explained that this would be decided by the legislators who were scheduled to meet later in the night.

Although the plan was to call on the Governor after this meeting and stake claim to form the government, since it was already 11 in the night when party supporters were still streaming in to congratulate the SKM president and his new MLAs, it was not clear whether the visit to Raj Bhavan would proceed as planned.

Meanwhile, when pressed to address the SKM pre-election announcement that Mr Tamang was the chief ministerial candidate and given his inability to contest elections, Mr Tamang pointed out that the question of his being able to contest or not was still six months away.

In the event that a selected CM is not an elected MLA, the rules require him to win an assembly election within six months of being made CM. Due to his corruption conviction, Mr Tamang stands barred from contesting elections for six years.

Mr Tamang reiterated that the SKM CM will be chosen by the elected MLAs who were to meet after he had greeted supporters here.

On his equation with the outgoing CM, Mr Tamang stressed that his battle with Pawan Chamling was ideological and not personal.

“Even though I was targeted with some personal attacks, I harbor no ill-will against Mr Chamling and respect him as the CM for the past 25 years. Now, that he is in the Opposition, I hope he delivers well on this new responsibility shouldered on him,” he said.