Gangtok: A day after leaders of Sikkim Krantikari Morcha, the main opposition party in Sikkim, met Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah in New Delhi on Thursday, speculations are rife that the two parties may form an alliance for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.
Commenting on the development, BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav on Friday tweeted that the SKM leaders came to meet him too. “Sikkim Krantikari Morcha is the main opposition party in Sikkim. The president and MLAs of the party came down to Delhi yesterday and met BJP President Amit Shah. Today, together with our state party leaders, they came to meet me and finalised the understanding between BJP and SKM,” Madhav wrote on Twitter.
“We have decided that both parties should fight the upcoming Parliament and Assembly elections together in Sikkim. Remaining details like seat sharing will be worked out in the next couple of days,” Madhav was quoted as saying by ANI.
However, senior SKM leader Bikash Basnet told EastMojo that it’s not an alliance but just talks with the Central leaders that happened in New Delhi. Basnet said the party will hold a press conference on Saturday.
Meanwhile, while addressing the media, Bhaichung Bhutia, president of Hamro Sikkim Party (HSP), said that it would not be correct to make any comments right now as there were no official statements issued by either the SKM or the BJP.
“However, it is true that HSP had plans of having an alliance with BJP earlier where we had placed five points for the well-being and safety of Sikkimese to which BJP never responded,” he added.
He further informed how the HSP opposed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill as it was highly hazardous for Sikkim and its people.
Bhaichung also went on to criticise current Lok Sabha MP from Sikkim PD Rai for nodding his head while passing the Bill knowing the consequences of it. “If this news of alliance is accurate then we will definitely hold a press meet and comment on it,” Bhutia said.
HSP spokesperson Biraj Adhikari, while expressing his surprise to the news, said: “I just want to know on what terms did SKM decide to have an alliance with BJP. I am highly inquisitive to know the reasons,” he added.
The comments by the HSP leaders were made during a press conference held at the party’s office in Gangtok on Friday.