Gangtok: Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) on Sunday announced party president PS Golay as the party’s chief ministerial candidate. Also, the party declared its third and final list of candidates for the upcoming Assembly elections and the only Lok Sabha seat from the seat.
Golay will not contest from any Assembly seat. Instead, his oldes son Aditya Golay will be fight the elections from his home constituency in Soreng-Chakung, West Sikkim.
In a media interaction in Tathangchen, the party chief said, “It was the party and parliamentary board that made me the chief ministerial candidate. It was not decided by me and I have not come to politics to become a chief minister. The party said I have to come forward for this post, and I am ready to fulfill this responsibility.”
On his eldest entering politics, Golay said, “There is no personal interest from me to bring Aditya forward [in electoral politics]. He has been fielded as our candidate as per the public demand from Soreng-Chakung constituency. The people there wanted him as their candidate and accepting their demand, I have sent my son to Soreng-Chakung. I feel that he should also come to politics with an intention to serve the people; the SKM is a party that gives opportunities to the youth of Sikkim.”
For Lok Sabha seat, SKM has announced former Hamro Sikkim Party (HSP) member Indra Hang Subba. Golay said, “Indra Hang Subba has the potential to go to Delhi and hold talks with any central leaders to deliver long pending political demands of the state. He will be able to address in the parliament and create lobby, hence we have selected an educated individual from whom the State can receive a lot”.
On Golay being the CM candidate despite contesting elections, SKM spokesperson Jacob Khaling said, “As per the Indian Constitution’s ruling in 164 (4), any person despite not being elected, has the provision to be the Chief Minister for a period of 6 months.” Golay will serve as the CM for SKM for six months, after which the party will hold by-elections from any constituency, and make him the chief minister for a complete 5 year term, Khaling added.
SKM chief PS Golay, who served a one-year jail term in 2017-2018 on corruption charges, is being questioned on his candidature for the upcoming state Assembly elections.
Khaling slammed Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) for its use of pocket laws to stop Golay from contesting. He said, “If it were in any other State, he can contest without any doubt as per the Repelling and Amending act (2015). But in Sikkim, there is different kind of pressure from the government, and due to Chief Minister Pawan Chamling’s own pocket laws, we feared that the returning officer would be pressured to misuse his power, keeping his candidature pending. If such steps are taken, we will be a victim of their tactics. Hence, we didn’t fall prey to their tactics and are going openly into the upcoming election”.
Regarding SKM’s prospects in elections, Golay assertively said, “I am totally confident as there is a strong Parivartan wave sweeping across Sikkim and it is also the need of time. Sikkim needs a change to remove the 25 years of mis-governance, hence the election this time is crucial”.
Answering on questions of low women representation, as the SKM list features only two female candidates, Golay said there has been no dispute or controversy regarding the candidatures, apart from some “isolated disappointments”. The party has released the list as per public demand, and “Will give more opportunities to women in future,” he added.
Apart from Aditya Golay and Indra Hang subba, the final list of SKM candidate featured – Lok Nath Sharma from Gyalshing-Bernyak (West district), Anand Lama from Upper Tadong (East), N Bikram Gurung from Upper Burtuk (East), Lobzang Bhutia from Berfung (South), Damber Kumar Gurung from Chujachen (East), Mohan Prasad Limboo from Yangthang (West), KB Rai from Poklok Kamrang (South), Purna Hang Limboo from Maneybong-Dentam (West), LB Das from West Pendam (East), Sonam Tshering Venchungpa from Martam-Rumtek (East), Tilak Basnet from Melli (South), and Sunita Gajmer from Zoom-Salghari (West).
The state is scheduled to go polling for the Lok Sabha seat and assembly elections simultaneously on April 11.