SDF concedes defeat, says contesting was more important Difficult for opposition to win by-polls: C

GANGTOK, 24 Oct:

Sikkim Democratic Front president and former Chief Minister, Pawan Chamling has thanked the people of all three constituencies for their support in this by-election. He said that although the party has not been able to win any seat in the by-polls, SDF has delivered its responsibility by fielding candidates in all three seats. He also expressed his commitment to continuously work for Sikkim and its people as a constructive opposition.

Addressing a press conference here at SDF head-quarters this afternoon, the SDF president thanked all workers and supporters of the party for their support in the by-election. He also congratulated all three candidates of the BJP-SKM alliance on their victory in the by-poll.

“It is difficult for the opposition to win by-elections as people do not want to go against the ruling party,” said Mr Chamling.

He alleged that the mandate of the people of Poklok-Kamrang has been forcefully taken and added that its consequences will become evident in the future.

Stating that people of Sikkim brought SDF to power for five consecutive terms, he added that even in the last election more number of votes went to SDF than the ruling Sikkim Krantikari Morcha. This, he said, shows the love and trust of the people on SDF party.

However, the SDF president expressed that politics without principles and values is very dangerous for Sikkim. He rued the lack of independent viewpoints and opinions, and of how every engagement and public participation was politically motivated.

Mr Chamling stressed that the ruling party should protect democratic and fundamental rights of the people of Sikkim. Now that the election is over, the government should work for the protection of every person irrespective of party affiliations, he added.

Meanwhile, the party has also officially expressed gratitude towards voters of all three constituencies for their support and votes.

An SDF press release shares that election was a process and part of electoral democracy and to win or lose were part of this process.

Election results should however not affect the peace, unity, brotherhood and progress, the release adds.

The party has also appealed to all, especially the civil society not to get carried away by the election results and forget their responsibility towards the State and its people.

The release stresses that SDF accepts the decision of the people and congratulates the winning candidates.

The party has also congratulated candidates of other parties and independents for having participated in the elections.