Two more SDF MLAs switch sides

Gangtok, August 14

A day after its 10 MLAs joined the BJP, the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) today suffered another jolt when its two legislators switched over to the ruling Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM).

The SDF, which ruled Sikkim for around 25 years, is now left with just one MLA—Pawan Kumar Chamling—who has also been the party supremo since its formation 26 years ago.

MLAs GT Dhungel and Em Prasad Sharma announced joining the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) at a press conference today. “We have joined the SKM as we feel comfortable with its leadership and agendas,” they told reporters. With the joining of two SDF MLAs, the strength of the ruling SKM has gone up to 18, while the BJP has 10 MLAs and the SDF is left with one.

The saffron party has now become the main Opposition in the state, although it had not won any seat in the Assembly poll in April this year. The 32-member Sikkim Legislative Assembly presently has 29 MLAs after three legislators vacated one seat each on being elected from two constituencies. — PTI

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