- The BJP, which drew a blank in the Sikkim Assembly elections earlier this year, has tied up with the ruling SKM in the state for the October 21 bypolls to three Assembly seats. Addressing a joint press meet here on Saturday, BJP’s Sikkim in-charge Nitin Navin said the two parties have decided to work together to speed up development in the border state.
- The BJP, which has been trying to gain a foothold in the state, had received a major boost earlier this year when 10 Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) MLAs joined the party. “This is a new beginning of a long-term relationship. The BJP and SKM have worked out a seat-sharing formula for the upcoming bypolls to three Assembly seats,” Navin stated.
- Asked if Golay, who is currently not a member of the Assembly, will contest the bypoll from Poklok-Kamrang seat – vacated by his predecessor Pawan Kumar Chamling – Rai said the party’s parliamentary board will take a decision on the matter shortly.
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