Gangtok, 02 Oct:
Sikkim Nationalist People’s Party president, Delay Namgyal Barfungpa, launched his by-election campaign from the statue of Mahatma Gandhi here today.
“Since it was an auspicious date, I wanted to start my campaign on Gandhi Jayanti. Gandhiji had said our future depends on what we do today, and I am following that maxim,” he said while speaking to media persons at the launch today.
He shared that he had no plans of contesting the by-elections until recent political developments forced him to take a stand. His reference was to the SKM-BJP alliance, the blatant opportunism of which, he said, disturbed the people so much that they pressured him into throwing his hat in the ring as well.
“The people who told me to contest the by-election complained that their votes were not being respected,” he said.
Mr Barfungpa went on to add that has been raising relevant issues of the State and its people and will continue to do so
About his plans for Gangtok, he pointed out that Gangtok youth are especially sidelined from facilities, infrastructure and opportunities and that his focus will on addressing these issues.