Bhaichung Bhutia filing his nomination at the office of Returning Officer Kapil Meena at District Administrative Premises, Sichey Credit: EastMojo Image

Gangtok: Hamro Sikkim Party (HSP) has fielded working president and former Indian football captain Bhaichung Bhutia as its candidate for Gangtok and Tumin-Lingee constituencies for the April 11 Assembly elections.

On Friday, Bhutia along with party president Bina Basnett and other selected candidates from the East Sikkim district filed their nominations at the office of returning officer Kapil Meena at the district administrative premises, Sichey.

Bhutia said both Tumin-Lingee and Gangtok constituencies are close to his heart. “It also marks my electoral debut in my home state and as such, the two constituencies would forever remain in my heart and my life history. I will work to my best for these two constituencies,” he said.

Bhutia has prepared a mini-manifesto for both Gangtok and Tumin-Lingee constituencies.

For Gangtok, I want to focus on creating more parking facilities, said Bhaichung. He said the HSP, if elected to power, will set up a committee to address the trade licence issues of the business community. The committee will have representatives of the business community of Gangtok for giving trade licences, he added.

“After elections, even if we lose or win, the HSP will form U-16 football teams from both the constituencies and take them across the country to play matches and gain exposure. In one year, I will take two kids from these two constituencies for trials with Barcelona or a top European club,” Bhutia said.

Regarding Tumin-Lingee, Bhaichung said the party would be working to create employment opportunities for the local educated youth. “Tumin-Lingee has a potential to become an educational hub. We will bring top educational institutions of the country to set up their centres in Tumin-Lingee. We will also create sports infrastructure for the sports talent of Tumin-Lingee,” he added.

Bhutia said the HSP is doing new politics for the future of Sikkimese youth. He appealed the people to vote for honesty and credibility and not be swayed by the number of flags and vehicles of other political parties. “Let us all do clean politics and not do politics of caste and community like the SDF party does. We have given credible candidates from the grassroots level of Sikkim,” said Bhaichung.

In the fourth list of candidates declared on Thursday, the HSP named Keshar Lal Thapa (Geyzing-Barnyak), Durga Bahadur Chettri (Temi-Namphing), Prakash Parajuli (Maneybong Dentam), Hukum Chandra Rai (Namchi-Singithang), Tashi Topgay Bhutia (Rinchenpong), Sukhraj Subba (Soreng-Chakung) and Philip Lamichaney (Upper Burtuk). So far, the HSP has declared candidates for 24 Assembly constituencies and also party spokesperson Biraj Adhikari for the Lok Sabha seat.

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