Mass switch to SKM in by-poll bound Poklok Kamrang

P.S. Golay
Sat, Aug 10, 2019

SE Report
A large number of Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) party supporters today joined the ruling Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) party during a mass joining programme organised by the party at Denchung under Poklok Kamrang constituency, South Sikkim.
The mass joining attended by SKM president and Chief Minister P.S. Golay was significant for the party ahead of by-election in the Poklok Kamrang constituency along with two other seats later this year. Golay was accompanied by minister Sanjeet Kharel, political advisor T.N. Dhakal and other party functionaries. Rebel SDF legislator from Upper Tadong G.T. Dhungel came as a surprise for the party workers as he attended the mass joining event as a special guest.
The function saw a larger number of SDF functionaries including constituency and block level office bearers joining the SKM while accusing the SDF of playing with their future for the past 25 years of its regime. They further lamented that development of the constituency was neglected and its electors merely used as a vote bank by the SDF, a SKM release informs.
SDF CLC president Dawgyal Bhutia, in his address, said former Chief Minister and SDF president has never returned to the area even after winning from the constituency. He further asserted that the new SKM members would follow the footsteps of SKM functionaries and work as per the party principle to usher development under the SKM government.
Addressing the meeting, president Golay asserted that the SKM party has already won the people’s mandate in all three by-poll bound constituencies. Sharing the various pro-people initiatives of the SKM government so far, Golay said his government wants to bring a change in the system and not the individual. “This government belongs to all Sikkimese people and is for their welfare. I don’t say it is my government as I won’t say this is my party. The party and government belongs to we the people,” he said.
On the development front, the Chief Minister announced that the State government will soon roll out a housing scheme for the poor under which the beneficiary will be given a house and furnished with necessary furniture as well. He informed that a fund of Rs.16 crore has been allocated for house upgradation and the old age pension would be further enhanced.

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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