Gangtok, April 3 (IST 17:24): Former heavyweight ministers G M Gurung, Hissay Lachungpa, D D Bhutia, Somnath Poudyal were does not figure in the candidate list of SDF which is released today. The ruling Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) today dropped as many as 20 sitting MLAs, including nine ministers and the lone MP in the list of its candidates announced for the assembly and parliamentary polls.
Rural Development and Urban Development Minister K N Rai, Forest Minister S B Subedi, Tourism Minister R B Subba, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Kalawati Subba and PWD Minister D T Lepcha have also been dropped from the list of candidates.
While another heavyweight minister P S Goley is contesting from Upper Burtuk, East Sikkim. He was three term legislative member from Chakung, West Sikkim.
SDF party president Pawan Chamling will contest from two constituency Poklok-Kamrang and Namchi-Singithang. The decision comes after a prolonged suspense among the party supporters as all other outfits have announced their candidates. Chamling had declared that the candidates would be selected based on their sacrifices and on how the people see them as leaders. Emphasis would be laid on the representation of all communities living in the state.
The SDF sitting Lok Sabha member Nakul Das Rai also did not get a ticket and replaced by the state Planning Board Deputy Chairperson P D Rai.
The candidates announced by the party are:
|Sl. No.||Assembly constituencies||Name of the Candidate|
|1||Yuksom-Tashiding (BL):||Dawcho Lepcha|
|3||Maneybung-Dentam:||Chandra Maya Subba|
|4||Gyalshing-Bermoik:||Man Bahadur Dahal|
|5||Rinchenpong (BL):||DN Takarpa|
|6||Daramdin (BL):||Tenzi Sherpa|
|7||Soreng-Chakung:||Ran Bahadur Subba|
|8||Salghari-Zoom (SC):||Madan Cintury|
|9||Barfung (BL):||Sonam Gyasto Bhutia|
|12||Melli:||Tusli Devi Rai|
|16||Tumen-Lingi (BL):||Ugen Gyatso Bhutia|
|17||Khamdong-Singtam:||Am Prasad Sharma|
|18||West Pandam (SC):||Neeru Sewa|
|21||Ganthang-Machong (BL):||Laxuman Lepcha|
|22||Namcheybong:||Beg Bahadur Rai|
|23||Shyari (BL):||KT Gyaltsen|
|24||Martam-Rumtek (BL):||Menlom Lepcha|
|25||Upper Tadong:||DB Thapa|
|27||Gangtok (BL):||Dorjee Namgyal Bhutia|
|28||Upper Burtuk:||PS Golay|
|29||Kabi Lungchuk (BL):||Thinley Tshering Bhutia|
|30||Dzongu (BL):||SG Lepcha|
|31||Lachen-Mangan (BL):||Tshering Wangdi Lepcha|
|32||Sangha:||Phitook Tshering Lama|
|Parliamentary constituency||Name of the Candidate|
|1||Sikkim||P D Rai|