Sikkim Krantikari Morcha Sunday announced the names of nine candidates for the coming state assembly polls to be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha elections. The announcement of the candidates' names follows SKM calling off its nascent alliance with the BJP on Friday and deciding to contest all the 32 state assembly seats and the lone Lok Sabha seat in Sikkim.
SKM president P S Golay announced the names at a well-attended meeting of the party at Hee Gaon in West Sikkim during the day. The nine candidates represent all the four districts of Sikkim, he said adding they have been selected unanimously by the party's parliamentary committee.
The names of the rest of the candidates will be announced soon, he said. The list of candidates announced includes the names of Kunga Nima Lepcha and Rev Sonam Lama who are sitting MLAs in the assembly.
The seven other candidates are Sangey Lepcha from Yuksam Tashiding, Mingma Norbu Sherpa from Daramdin, M K Dhakal fromSingtam Khamdong, Chungkipu Lepcha from Dzongu, Sandup Lepcha from Lachen-Mangan, R K Basnett fromRangang-Yanagang and Ganesh Rai from Namchi-Singhithang seats, he said. Kunga Nima Lepcha will contest fromSyari andRev Sonam Lama from the Sangha seat, he added. Polling for the Lok Sabha and the state assembly will be held simultaneously on April 11.
(With inputs from agencies.)