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Big Boost for BJP in Sikkim, 10 MLAs of Sikkim Democratic Front Join Saffron Camp

Author : Odisha Today Bureau | Posted on: 2019-08-13

The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has registered their presence in Sikkim as 10 MLAs of Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) joined the BJP camp in New Delhi on Tuesday. The MLAs joined the saffron party fold in the presence of BJP working president JP Nadda and general secretary Ram Madhav, who is incharge of the party’s affairs in the Northeast.


 

Madhav told reporters that the SDF had a strength of 13 MLAs and its legislature party had decided to merge with the BJP. The BJP would play the role of a constructive Opposition in the State, Madhav added.


Two-thirds or more numbers of the MLAs of a party can join another party without violating the anti-defection law.

 

This comes as warning signs for former Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling, who is also the head of SDF.


Pawan Kumar Chamling is one of the longest serving chief ministers of Sikkim and also of India. Under his leadership, the Sikkim Democratic Front won repeated assembly elections with significant majority.

 

Till now, Sikkim was the only state in Northeast India where the BJP was not in power. All other states have governments which are run by parterns of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), a special alliance of regional parties formed by the BJP to improve its footprints in the Northeast.

 

Sikkim has a total of 32 assembly seats. In the 2019 state assembly elections, the Sikkim Democratic front won 15 seats while the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) won 17. SKM is already a partner of the BJP-led NDA.

 

With 10 MLAs of SDF joining the BJP, its strength in the house falls to just three, as two SDF MLAs had won from two seats and have resigned from the extra seat. This is a historic low for SDF.

 


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