Sikkim chief minister PS Golay while filing his nomination for the forthcoming by-elections on October 21

Gangtok: Sikkim chief minister PS Golay on Monday filed his nomination for the forthcoming October 21 by-elections at the District Administrative Centre in South Sikkim. He submitted his papers for the Poklok-Kamrang constituency to South Sikkim DC cum returning officer Ragul K.

The development comes after the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Sunday accepted the Sikkim Krantikari Morch (SKM) leader’s appeal to remove his disqualification and reduced the period to 1 year 1 month, which he completed on September 10, 2019.

While speaking with EastMojo, Bikash Basnett, confidential secretary to CM, confirmed the news and informed that the ECI has reduced the six-year ban on his disqualification to a year and a month.

Golay was sentenced to a one-year imprisonment in 2017 over charges of corruption of Rs 9.5 lakh in cow distribution scheme when he was minister for animal husbandry department in the ertswhile Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) government. After the SKM formed the government in 2019, Golay approached the ECI and appealed for removal of his disqualification charges Under Section 11 RP Act on July 6 and 11. The decision from ECI was pending until the alliance between the SKM and BJP was announced on Saturday through which the SKM decided to give two out of three seats to BJP in the by-election on October 21.

Meanwhile, after filing his nomination, Golay appealed the people of Poklok-Kamrang for their support and blessings. He assured to work for them with utmost loyalty and dedication in days to come and assured to fulfil all the demands made during general elections.

“We will make Poklok Kamrang a model constituency,” he added.

A large number of supporters gathered and cheered the chief minister with sloganeering: “Bum Bum Boley — Jai Golay”.

On SKM-BJP alliance, Golay said being the member of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the Centre and North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) in the region, “we want to work together with BJP”. “To attain our long-pending demands, we have to work together with the BJP, hence the decision of alliance is made on public interest and its not a bargain.

Golay also mentioned that he would stick to his party’s policy of ‘one man one post’. “The day I will be an elected member of assembly, my son Aditya Golay, who is the sitting MLA of Soreng, will resign,” he added.

Debutant and young SDF candidate Moses Rai also filed his nomination.

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