Gangtok: Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) has called off the proposed alliance with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) following disagreements on crucial points during the final talks.
The two parties were to finalise their alliance after signing the Common Minimum Programme. However, due to disagreements during the final discussion on the pre-conditions for the alliance and seat sharing, the proposal was called off.
The decision was taken during the Central Election Committee (CEC) meeting of the SKM at Jorethang on Friday and was shared on social media pages by the party functionaries.
Also, it was informed that the SKM will now go solo. By March 20, it will declare its candidates for the 32 Assembly seats and the single Lok Sabha seat in the state.
Addressing the Jorethang meeting, SKM president PS Golay urged the party workers to give their best in fulfilling the founding vision of the the party. "The SKM was established to remove exploitation, suppression, nepotism and corruption from Sikkim. I appealed the people to vote for SKM party and establish a ‘people’s government.”
The alliance between the two parties had raised widespread criticism from various parties with the Sikkim Republican Party terming it as a dangerous alliance, while the ruling Sikkim Democratic Front labeling SKM as being 'mere puppet if they brought BJP to Sikkim'.