Gangtok, 26 May:
The was frenetic activity at Paljor Stadium today as the facility was being prepared for the swearing in of the new Chief Minister and the Council of Ministers scheduled for 10AM on Monday. This venue will be a first for Sikkim since the swearing-in ceremony is usually held at the Raj Bhavan. Meanwhile, uncertainty over who will take oath as the Chief Minister have also been laid to rest with the Governor today accepting the proposal of SKM president, PS Tamang [Golay], to form the government in Sikkim.
Mr Tamang, accompanied by his MLAs, it may be recalled, had called on the Governor on Saturday morning and formally submitted the party’s claim to form the new State Government.
There has been some confusion over the chief ministerial candidate. While the SKM legislators had chosen Mr Tamang as their Chief Minister, his conviction in a corruption case disqualifies him from contesting elections just yet. A person not elected into the legislative assembly, if s/he is made Chief Minister, needs to win an assembly election within six months of her/ his appointment.
This condition complicates Mr Tamang’s candidature for the CM’s post and must have been the reason why it took more than 24 hours for the Governor to accept the SKM claim to form the government with Mr Tamang as their CM.
The memorandum submitted to the Governor is signed by Mr Tamang not only as the SKM president but also as the leader of the legislative party of SKM, this latter status making him the CM selected by the party.
A press communiqué from Raj Bhavan confirms that the Governor has accepted “the memorandum submitted by Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Goley), President of Sikkim Krantikari Morcha Party and leader of Legislative Party of Sikkim Krantikari Morcha to form the government.”