The Road to 2019 Assembly Elections

The Road to 2019 Assembly Elections
Mon, Nov 26, 2018

SDF committees to be formed in each constituency, committee responsible for ensuring victory of party candidates: CM


GANGTOK: Chief Minister and SDF president Pawan Chamling on Sunday candidates said vying for the party ticket must be a winnable candidate and must not cause defeat for the ruling front in the 2019 Assembly elections.
Sikkim is scheduled to face Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the first quarter of 2019. Political parties here including the ruling SDF (Sikkim Democratic Front) and main opposition Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) are giving momentum to their electoral preparations. All eyes are on who would be the candidates of the two parties.
The Chief Minister gave a brief look on how the SDF is planning to select candidates from its large pool of probables and contender candidates. He was addressing the gathering at the annual Chaam and puja at Labrang Palden Phuntshol Gumpa, Upper Tumlong under Kabi-Lungchok constituency in North Sikkim.
By December, the SDF will set up party committees in each constituency and that committee will be given the responsibility to ensure victory of the party candidates in coming election, said Chamling. Panchayats, Cheli Morcha, Yuva Morcha, MLA, ex-MLAs, zilla panchayats and leaders will be the members of the committee and all will be responsible to ensure victory of the party candidates, he said.
On who will be the SDF candidate, Chamling said whoever is capable of winning the election needs to come forward and contest. But the candidate should not cause defeat for the party after standing for the election, he said. The candidate must give victory for the party and the people of Sikkim but should not cause defeat for the party after contesting, he stressed.
The ruling front had lost the Kabi-Lungchok constituency in 2014 but the SKM legislator later joined the SDF along with six other SKM MLAs. The other two constituencies in North Sikkim were won by the SDF in 2014.
The Chief Minister pointed out that election is few months away and mentioned that it is the responsibility of the people to elect a ‘good government’. People have to decide what kind of government they want…Sikkim will be ruined if you give the government to wrong hands, he said.
Chamling said certain bad elements had come to the area with their brand of unsavoury politics. “However, such persons are also the people of Sikkim. But who are behind them? Who are their owners? People must look into that,” he said.
He maintained that forces behind such persons are those who want to gobble up Sikkim, create unrest and turn Sikkim into a disturbed zone like other Northeastern States. Sikkim will be ruined if there is unrest here, he said.
Do not listen to such miscreants who are running around in the name of opposition parties, said Chamling. People will end up paying Goonda tax to them…recently a person in Gangtok had got some contract work and he was asked to pay Goonda tax by such miscreants, he said.
“People must appreciate good things and avoid listening to bad persons which will damage Sikkim. Sikkim has prospered under our government,” said the Chief Minister.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister handed away government aid in form of cheques to Labrang monastery and other monasteries as per demands placed by the monasteries to him during his 32-day tour of Sikkim earlier this year. He informed that the other demands submitted during the tour have already been sanctioned by the State government.
He also sanctioned the other demands placed today by the Labrang monastery and local people.
Chamling also announced to provide laptops to the students of the JNV school of the area. “The students requested me that they should also be given laptops from the State government. I will send laptops to the 80 students of the school here,” he said.
The State government had recently announced to distribute laptops to class X  to XII students in the State.
The Chief Minister informed that appointment orders under the ‘one family one job’ scheme would be issued within December to the eligible beneficiaries. The appointees will have to report for duty on January 2, he said.
Earlier, area MLA Ugen Nedup Bhutia placed the welcome address where he shared that the Labrang monastery is one of the oldest monasteries of the State having being installed in 1845. The monastery had sustained damages during the 2011 earthquake and the State government sanctioned Rs. 1 crore for retrofitting and restoration of the monastery, he said.

Area: 7096 Sq Km
Altitude: 5,840 ft
Population: 6.10 Lakhs
Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 ft. to over 28,509 ft above sea level
Summer: Max- 21°C ; Min – 13°C
Winter: Max -13°C ; Min – 0.48°C
Rainfall: 325 cm per annum
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