statesman news service
Gangtok, 5 January
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is willing to tie up with any political party in Sikkim committed to rout the fourth term Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) government in the upcoming Assembly elections. Terming the Pawan Chamling-led SDF as a ‘deep-seated ailment’ in state politics, state BJP president Padam Chettri today said his party is ready for a tie-up with like-minded parties seeking to relieve Sikkimese people from the disorder. "Our party also desires to establish good-governance in Sikkim, but is not possible to go it alone right now. Since we want the SDF&’s ouster, we are ready to enter into an alliance with any political force," Mr Chettri said rejecting any pact with state units of anti-BJP forces at the Centre.
In the wake of a BJP-SDF alliance doing rounds, Mr Chettri categorically discarded the idea of such pre-poll alliances. Any such alliance, observers said would demean the BJP&’s image in Sikkim since it had been at odds with Mr Chamling during the past many years. According to the president, his party will go to the people after discussing Assembly elections during the BJP national executive meet to be held in New Delhi on 17 and 18 January. "We will continue to raise our issues along with statistics and try to include some Sikkim specific issue in our national manifesto as well," added the BJP president.
BJP&’s in-charge for Sikkim, Mr Dineshanand Goswami, during his Sikkim visit on September, had maintained that his party was in constant touch with several party leaders from Sikkim to constitute an alliance on the lines of NDA for the 32-member assembly and the lone Lok Sabha seat. The party even held several rounds of discussion with some like-minded parties during his visit, he claimed.