50% of SDF candidates will be new faces: Chamling

Chief Minister Pawan Chamling speaking with media. SE Pic
Thu, Feb 7, 2019

Chief Minister Pawan Chamling, also the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) president, on Wednesday said 50% of the SDF candidates for 2019 Assembly elections would be young and new faces.
“This time, we will do 50-50. We are making efforts to field new, young faces as 50% of our candidates. We will also give 30% ticket to women candidates,” said the Chief Minister. He was interacting with the media at Mintokgang here.
Chamling informed that the party candidates would be declared immediately after election dates are declared by the Election Commission of India.
Regarding his constituency, Chamling said he will contest from his traditional constituency of Namchi-Singhithang, south district. “Will contest from Namchi, why change my constituency? It will be 40 years for me from the same constituency, it will be for the 8th time that I am contesting from Namchi,” he said.
Regarding the Yangang-Rangang constituency which SDF lost in the 2014 by-poll, Chamling said the SDF will win this time from the said constituency. I have regretted the by-election loss, the people there also have regretted, both of us will work together to win the Yangang-Rangang seat, he said.
In 2014, SDF had lost in 10 constituencies, most of them predominately urban areas including Gangtok.
Regarding SDF’s electoral prospects in urban areas this time, Chamling said people of urban areas have now understood what kind of government they want. They want peace and security and not unrest, it is up to them to decide, he said.
“I am coming to elections this time to save Sikkim. There are three months left for the new government to be formed. I will meet you (media) here (Mintokgang) again after three months,” he said.

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