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Influx of outsiders has become scary in Sikkim: HSP


Press Trust of India Gangtok
Concerned over the sharp rise in headcount in Sikkim's voter list, Hamro Sikkim Party (HSP) said Thursday that the influx of outsiders has become "scary" in this sparsely populated northeastern state.
"The Influx (of people from outside) has turned scary for Sikkim. The number of voters has swelled by 16 per cent (61,000) for the first time," HSP spokeperson Biraj Adhikari said in a Facebook post.
As on January 1, 2019 in the updated electoral list, Sikkim has 4,31,731 registered voters, as against 3,70,731 during the 2014 Assembly polls, an increase of 16 per cent.
During the revision of electoral rolls in the past, the increase of voters would at best be 1-2 per cent, but the growth by 16 per cent this time is a matter of concern, Adhikari told PTI.
"Where from these people have come to Sikkim? It is a really scary figure of population swelling, if the Election Commission record is to be believed," Adhikari said.
HSP, co-founded by former footballer Bhaichung Bhutia, would seek a meeting with the Election Commission officials to find out the details as to how and from where these 61,000 new voters were added to the electoral list, he said.

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First Published: Feb 28 2019 | 8:32 PM IST

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