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BJP keen on emerging as alternative to SDF in Sikkim

Press Trust of India  |  Gangtok 

Senior leader P Murlidhar Rao today said his party will project itself as an alternative to the ruling Democratic Front (SDF), headed by Chief Minister Chamling, in the 2019 assembly polls.

Seeking to blunt the SDF's rhetoric that national parties were ignorant of the aspirations of the local people, Rao said his party will seek to take along all communities and accommodate their expectations before taking a plunge in electoral battlefield in the Himalayan state.

"We are working at grass root level in with an aim to project our party as a viable alternative to the SDF in the next assembly polls, due in 2019," he told reporters.

The national general secretary, who is on a two-day visit to to review activities of workers here, said his party will strive to provide a corruption-free on twin agendas of development and good governance if elected to power.

Asked about Chamling's recent criticism of ideologies during panchayat poll campaigns, the BJP leader said the state should concentrate on his government's activities instead of taking a dig at opposition parties.

Rao's visit to Sikkim comes nearly a month after another BJP leader Ram Madhav, the party's Jammu and Kashmir and North-East in-charge, visited the place and held a closed-door meeting with the Chief Minister's younger brother R N Chamling, an independent MLA from Rangang-Yangyang in South District.

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First Published: Wed, November 15 2017. 20:28 IST