Gangtok: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) secured two seats while ruling Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) won in one constituency as results of the by-election for three constituencies held in Sikkim were declared on Thursday.
While the BJP candidates won from Martam-Rumtek (BL) and Gangtok constituencies, SKM candidate and current chief minister PS Golay retained his chief ministership by winning from Poklok-Kamrang.
In Poklok-Kamrang, Golay defeated Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) candidate Moses Rai by a margin of 8,953 votes.
In Martam-Rumtek (BL) constituency, BJP candidate Sonam TSH Venchungpa, secured his victory against SDF’s Nuk Tshering Bhutia by a margin of 6,150 votes.
In Gangtok, according to Election Commission of India (ECI) report, BJP candidate Yong Tshering Lepcha registered victory over Sikkim National People’s Party (SNPP) candidate Delay Namgyal Barfungpa by a margin of 1,010 votes. Significantly, Hamro Sikkim Party (HSP) candidate and former Indian football captain Bhaichung Bhutia secured 578 votes in the constituency.
The by-election held on October 21 was crucial for Golay as it was necessary for him to win an election within six months’ time of being sworn in as the chief minister in order to retain back his position.