Gangtok, 13 Aug:
Bharatiya Janata Party’s Sikkim president, DB Chauhan, welcomed the joining of 10 SDF legislators into BJP as being in the interest of the Sikkimese and for the development and progress of the State as a whole. He expressed hope that the ten legislators will now play the role of a strong opposition in the State Assembly.
He confirmed that ten legislators officially joined Bharatiya Janata Party at the BJP national headquarters in New Delhi today in the presence of working president, JP Nadda, and national general secretary, Ram Madhav.
Speaking to media persons, Mr Chauhan said that these legislators desired to join BJP in the interest of Sikkim and the party high-command also took this decision in the interest of the people of Sikkim and for the development and progress of the State.
“We are hopeful that these 10 MLAs will deliver on the role of a strong opposition in the State Assembly and the party high command has also given strong directions to them to essay the role of a constructive opposition. We will provide positive criticism on the works of the State government,” he said.
Responding to media queries on the possible power tussle in the state unit with the arrival of the MLAs, Mr Chauhan said that BJP was a party run by the organisation and follows the principle of nation first, party second and self last, so no person can influence the party organisation.
“That said, we will work with our legislators to expand and strengthen the BJP organisation in the State,” he said.
“Time will tell whether BJP forms the government in the State or not, but for now our legislators will raise the voice of the people in the Assembly. The party will now focus on the upcoming by-elections,” he added.
Mr Chauhan informed that he was in constant touch with the national general secretary since yesterday on this issue.