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SDF announces names of 18 candidates, drops 9 sitting MLAs

Press Trust of India  |  Gangtok 

Democratic Front president and Chamling Friday announced the names of 18 SDF candidates for the state Assembly election, dropping nine sitting MLAs including K N Rai and three ministers.

Assembly election will be held on April 11 along with the Lok Sabha polls. The state Assembly has 32 MLAs.

Rai, who was elected in 2014 from Poklok Kamrang assembly seat in South Sikkim, has been denied nomination this time with the himself deciding to contest from this constituency.

Chamling, who is seeking election for the eighth successive term, will also contest from his traditional seat, Namchi Singithang in South which he had won by a convincing margin in the 2014 polls too.

Chamling has dropped three ministers - Sher Bahadur Subedi, Arjun Ghatani and Tulsi and replaced them with new candidates.

Five other ruling party MLAs have been denied renomination in the first list of candidates.

The 18 candidates are - Dechen Ongmu Bhutia (Yoksam- Tashiding), N K Subba (Maneybong-Dentam), I M Sharma (Gyalshing Barnyak), K S Lepcha(Rinchenpong), (Daramdin), Dhan Kumari Kami (Salghari-Zoom), Chamling (Poklok Kamrang), Chamling (Namchi Singithang).

The other candidates are (Melli), Birjan Tamang (Namthang Rateypani), G M Gurung(Temi Namphing), Raj Thapa (Rangang Yangang), Ugen T Gyatso Bhutia (Tumen Lingi), D T Lepcha (Gnathang- Machong), Em Prasad Shara (Namcheybung), G T Dhungel(Upper Tadong), (Gangtok), (Djongu).

Of the 18 candidates, three are women -Dhan Kumar Kami (Salghari Zoom), (Melli) and (Rangang-Yangyang) even as two women MLAs - Tulshi (Melli) and Tilu Gurung (Namthang Ratepaney) have been denied renomination.

The candidates of the 14 remaining Assembly seats will be announced later, SDF said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 17:35 IST