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MLA GT Dhungel asserted that he will not be joining any of the mainstream or national parties
MLA GT Dhungel asserted that he will not be joining any of the mainstream or national parties|Wang Chen
SIKKIM

Writing was on the wall: GT Dhungel on 10 SDF MLAs joining BJP

The ‘rebel’ opposition party legislator said he and his colleague EM Prasad Sharma distanced themselves from the others once the BJP entry plan came to the fore

Pankaj Dhungel

Pankaj Dhungel

Gangtok: Putting speculations to rest, 10 sitting MLAs of Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) joined hands with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in New Delhi on Tuesday. Rebel SDF MLA GT Dhungel said that the writing was on the wall all along, and this was the reason why he and Em Prasad Sharma distanced themselves from the other legislators.

“As I have told earlier, I will not be joining the mainstream party. Rather I would join a regional party and work for Sikkim and Sikkimese people. We had objected to this action, now it has come true,” said Dhungel.

The rebel MLA said that the SDF MLAs who have switched loyalties to the BJP are already luring and offering to join them again, adding, “We are not bothered for that money, we have not come here for the money.”

On whether he and Em Prasad Sharma are still part of the SDF, Dhungel said, “We are part of SDF only. We have not resigned from the party. But now we will have to think. Now we have no option, so we will think and take necessary steps in the interest of Sikkim and Sikkimese people.”

On possibilities of joining SKM, the Upper Tadong MLA said time will tell and he would discuss it with his voters. “That will be my main aim, because they have voted [for me], so [I] will consult with them.”

“Tomorrow I will have a meeting with them and go by their suggestions. But will stand firm on the decision that I will not be joining the mainstream party,” he maintained.

Except former CM Pawan Kumar Chamling, GT Dhungel and Em Prasad Sharma, all the other sitting MLAs of SDF joined the saffron party in presence of BJP working president JP Nadda and senior leader Ram Madhav.