GANGTOK: Following its alliance with the ruling Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM), the state unit of the BJP has formally become a part of Sikkim government on Friday.
With the formalization of the alliance, former chief minister Pawan Chamling is left as the only Opposition member in the 32-member Sikkim Legislative Assembly.
In a press statement, president of the state BJP, DB Chauhan, said that for the first time in the history of Sikkim, people are witnessing an alliance between ruling parties in both Centre and the state with a commitment of cooperation and to advance the development of Sikkim in the days to come.
“Despite efforts to form an alliance between the BJP and the SKM before the last assembly elections, it was finally materialized during by-elections in October, 2019,” he said.
The alliance has now reached a turning point in which the chief minister of Sikkim Prem Singh Tamang has shown his political tolerance and ideological maturity by including the state BJP in the government, Chauhan said.
The president of the state unit of the BJP has also expressed his gratitude to leaderships of both BJP and the SKM for the historic initiative.
“This reconciliation between the two parties to continue forever,” stated Chauhan.
Earlier on August 14, the SKM-led state government had appointed 60 plus chairpersons and advisors to various departments of the state. It also included seven MLAs from the BJP, including the Sikkim BJP president DB Chauhan in these appointments.