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Renegade SDF MLA launches new political party

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Soreng/Singling (West Sikkim), Feb 5 � Putting speculations and doubts to rest, former Sikkim Minister, and sitting MLA from Upper Burtuk, and a founder member of the ruling Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) party, Prem Singh Tamang launched his new political outfit Sikkim Krantikari Morcha yesterday at his village Singling in West Sikkim.

A turnout of at least 20,000 people from across Sikkim braved the sun and dust at the Soreng school ground, the venue of the programme. The ad-hoc executive committee of the new outfit was announced, along with unfurling of the new flag and release of the new party constitution.

The Morcha was created out of the necessity of a transparent, corruption-free governance for the people of Sikkim. People had installed the SDF Government of Pawan Chamling with great expectations, since it was supposed to be a pro-poor government.

Unfortunately, after nearly two decades of Chamling rule, the rich have become richer, the poor poorer and Sikim is one of the most corrupt states in the country. We want people who are not looking for posts or power, but want to contribute in Sikkim building, this is the parivartan we are looking at, said former SDF MLA, Bhoj Raj Rai, vice-president of the new outfit, and a close aid of Tamang.

The new outfit has Bharati Sharma, former Zilla Adhyaksha and Chairperson of the OBC board of the Chamling Government as its working president, the first political party in Sikim�s history to give such top post to a woman.

PS Tamang, considered a strong man in Sikim�s politics had fallen apart with Chamling since 2009 elections after he won as an MLA and has been openly challenging the government�s anti-people policies and massive corruption. In the Sikkim Assembly and at public meetings, Tamang threw the ball in the court of Chief Minister Pawan Chamling to expel him from SDF.

Neither has Chamling expelled Tamang till date, nor has Tamang tendered his resignation. The tussle continued amidst the decision to form his own political party which culminated yesterday.

With the Sikkim Pradesh Congress Committee headed by former Chief Minister Nar Bahadur Bhandari forging an alliance with Tamang and asking people in public meetings to support Tamang, Sikkim finally seems to be having a strong political opposition.

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Renegade SDF MLA launches new political party

Soreng/Singling (West Sikkim), Feb 5 � Putting speculations and doubts to rest, former Sikkim Minister, and sitting MLA from Upper Burtuk, and a founder member of the ruling Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) party, Prem Singh Tamang launched his new political outfit Sikkim Krantikari Morcha yesterday at his village Singling in West Sikkim.

A turnout of at least 20,000 people from across Sikkim braved the sun and dust at the Soreng school ground, the venue of the programme. The ad-hoc executive committee of the new outfit was announced, along with unfurling of the new flag and release of the new party constitution.

The Morcha was created out of the necessity of a transparent, corruption-free governance for the people of Sikkim. People had installed the SDF Government of Pawan Chamling with great expectations, since it was supposed to be a pro-poor government.

Unfortunately, after nearly two decades of Chamling rule, the rich have become richer, the poor poorer and Sikim is one of the most corrupt states in the country. We want people who are not looking for posts or power, but want to contribute in Sikkim building, this is the parivartan we are looking at, said former SDF MLA, Bhoj Raj Rai, vice-president of the new outfit, and a close aid of Tamang.

The new outfit has Bharati Sharma, former Zilla Adhyaksha and Chairperson of the OBC board of the Chamling Government as its working president, the first political party in Sikim�s history to give such top post to a woman.

PS Tamang, considered a strong man in Sikim�s politics had fallen apart with Chamling since 2009 elections after he won as an MLA and has been openly challenging the government�s anti-people policies and massive corruption. In the Sikkim Assembly and at public meetings, Tamang threw the ball in the court of Chief Minister Pawan Chamling to expel him from SDF.

Neither has Chamling expelled Tamang till date, nor has Tamang tendered his resignation. The tussle continued amidst the decision to form his own political party which culminated yesterday.

With the Sikkim Pradesh Congress Committee headed by former Chief Minister Nar Bahadur Bhandari forging an alliance with Tamang and asking people in public meetings to support Tamang, Sikkim finally seems to be having a strong political opposition.

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