GANGTOK, April 2 - The BJP on Monday hit out at the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) for backing out of the alliance between the two parties for inexplicable reasons a few days after making a firm commitment on the issue.
�We were ready to accommodate most of the demands by the SKM leadership to sew up an alliance with us for Sikkim Assembly and Lok Sabha polls, but PS Golay led-party chickened out at the last minute without giving any reasons,� a senior BJP leader, who was involved in talks with the SKM leadership, said on the condition of anonymity.
He said that the SKM�s withdrawal from a pre-poll alliance in Sikkim has embarrassed the BJP no end as it had gone public about it on a commitment given by Golay himself following a meeting with BJP�s North-East and Sikkim incharge Ram Madhav in Delhi in the first week of March this year.
The SKM leadership, however, took an about turn after reaching Sikkim and reneged on alliance with the BJP without citing any reason, the BJP leader said. Ruing the missed opportunity to oust the 25 year- old Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) from power, he said that the SKM will be held �squarely responsible� if the Pawan Kumar Chamling Government returns to power for a sixth term in Sikkim. � PTI