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Golay wins, BJP-SKM alliance sweeps bypoll in Sikkim

Prem Singh Tamang

Prem Singh Tamang  

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Victory has firmly cemented Golay as Chief Minister

The BJP-Sikkim Krantikari Morcha alliance has swept the bypolls in Sikkim, winning all the three Assembly seats that went to the polls. Sikkim Chief Minister and SKM candidate P.S. Golay won the Poklok Kamrang seat securing about 84% of the votes.

Mr. Golay secured 10,585 votes, while his nearest rival Moses Rai of Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) secured 1,858. The victory has firmly cemented Mr. Golay as Chief Minister of Sikkim.

Mr. Golay could not contest the Assembly polls earlier this year because of conviction in a corruption case. The term of his disqualification to contest polls was subsequently reduced by the Election Commission of India.

At Martam Rumtek Assembly seat in East Sikkim, BJP candidate S.T. Venchungpa won by securing 8,010 votes, while N.K. Bhutia of the SDF secured 2,033 votes. BJP candidate Y.T. Lepcha won the Gangtok Assembly seat, securing 2,492 votes. Former Indian football captain and Hamro Sikkim working president Bhaichung Bhutia, who also contested from Gangtok, finished fourth after securing 578 votes.

The bypolls were necessitated after the State’s former Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling, D.T. Lepcha and Kunga Nima Lepcha vacated the Poklok Kamrang, Martam Rumtek and Gangtok seats respectively after winning two seats each during the Assembly poll held in April.

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