Athup Lepcha

Athup Lepcha is an Indian politician and environmental activist. He is the vice president of Hamro Sikkim Party (HSP) and the president of "Affected Citizens of Teesta" (ACT), Non-governmental organization for environment and biodiversity.

Athup Lepcha
Member of the Sikkim Legislative Assembly
In office
1979–1985
ConstituencyDjongu
Minister of Forest and Environment, Government of Sikkim
In office
1979–1984
ConstituencyDjongu
Personal details
Born
Athup Lepcha

1944 or 1945
Political partyHSP
(SJP > SPCC (INC) >)
ResidenceMangan, Sikkim[1]
ProfessionFarmer, the President of Affected Citizens of Teesta (ACT)

Political careerEdit

In 1979 Sikkim Legislative Assembly election, Athup Lepcha stood as a candidate of Sikkim Janata Parishad (SJP) from Djongu Constituency. He won and beat the candidate of Janata Party, incumbent chief minister of Sikkim, Kazi Lhendup Dorjee. Athup Lepcha appointed to the State Minister for Forest and Environment in Nar Bahadur Bhandari ministry.

In 1984, Athup Lepcha became one of the leaders of anti-Bhandari, and denounced the corruption of Bhandari. Bhandari ousted Athup Lepcha from his political party.[2] In 1985 Sikkim Legislative Assembly election, Athup Lepcha stood as a candidate of Indian National Congress (INC). However, he was beaten by Sonam Choda Lepcha who was the candidate of Sikkim Sangram Parishad (SSP) which was led by Bhandari.

In 1989 Sikkim Legislative Assembly election, Athup Lepcha stood as a candidate of INC and fought with Sonam Choda Lepcha again, but Athup lost and the margin with Sonam Choda was increased. In 1994 Sikkim Legislative Assembly election, Athup Lepcha couldn’t get any political parties’ ticket, and stood as an independent candidate. He received only 9 votes.

Athup Lepcha turned to the environmental protection movement, and he became the president of "Affected Citizens of Teesta" (ACT), Non-governmental organization for environment and biodiversity.[3]

In May 2018, Athup Lepcha came back to political circle of Sikkim after 24 years, and joined Hamro Sikkim Party (HSP) which was led by Bhaichung Bhutia. Athup Lepcha was appointed one of the 9 vice presidents of HSP.[4] In 2019 Sikkim Legislative Assembly election, he stood as a candidate of HSP from Djongu 5th times, he secured 88 votes (1.04%) with 4th position.

Electoral recordsEdit

Sikkim Legislative Assembly election
Year Constituency Political Party Result Position Votes % Votes % Margin Deposit Source
1979 Djongu SJP Won 1st/4 865 45.79 +19.16 refunded [5]
1985 Djongu INC Lost 2nd/5 765 32.72 -30.11 refunded [6]
1989 Djongu INC Lost 2nd/3 810 25.47 -47.55 refunded [7]
1994 Djongu IND Lost 4th/4 9 0.23 -40.09 forfeited [8]
2019 Djongu HSP Lost 4th/4 88 1.04 -65.13 forfeited [9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://myneta.info/sikkim2019/candidate.php?candidate_id=4746
  2. ^ H.M. Bareh, ed. (2007). Encyclopaedia of North-East India: Sikkim. Encyclopedia of North-East India vol.7. Mittal Publications, pp.138-140. ISBN 978-8170997948. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  3. ^ "About us". Affected Citizens of Teesta (ACI). Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Hamro Sikkim Party launched at Daramdin". Sikkim Express. 1 June 2018. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  5. ^ "STATISTICAL REPORT ON GENERAL ELECTION, 1979 TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF SIKKIM". ECI. 1979. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  6. ^ "STATISTICAL REPORT ON GENERAL ELECTION, 1985 TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF SIKKIM". ECI. 1985. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  7. ^ "STATISTICAL REPORT ON GENERAL ELECTION, 1989 TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF SIKKIM". ECI. 1989. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  8. ^ "STATISTICAL REPORT ON GENERAL ELECTION, 1994 TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF SIKKIM". ECI. 1994. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  9. ^ "Djongu Election Result 2019 LIVE COUNTING". Firstpost. 27 May 2019. Retrieved 18 November 2019.