Sikkim Krantikari Morcha

Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (translation: Sikkim Revolutionary Front) is a political party in the Indian state of Sikkim which was the ruling party of Sikkim in 2020.

Sikkim Krantikari Morcha
AbbreviationSKM
ChairpersonPrem Singh Tamang
FounderPrem Singh Tamang
Founded4 February 2013 (7 years ago) (2013-02-04)
HeadquartersGangtok, Sikkim
IdeologyDemocratic socialism
ColoursRed
ECI StatusRegistered Party[1]
AllianceNational Democratic Alliance (2019–present)[2]
Seats in Lok Sabha
1 / 543
Seats in Rajya Sabha
0 / 245
Seats in Sikkim Legislative Assembly
19 / 32
Party flag
Sikkim Krantikari Morcha flag.png
Website
sikkimkrantikarimorcha.in

P.S. Golay, a former member of the Sikkim Legislative Assembly, was one of the prominent figures of the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF), and was a minister in the government of Sikkim. Since December 2009 he has been a vocal critic of Pawan Kumar Chamling, the President of the SDF and the former chief minister of Sikkim.[3] He started the party Sikkim Krantikari Morcha on 4 February 2013. Golay became the Chief Minister of Sikkim on 28 May 2019, thus ending the 25-year-rule of Chamling.[4][5]

HistoryEdit

2014 electionEdit

On 4 February 2013, SKM was established at Soreng, a western city of Sikkim. Bharati Sharma was elected the Working President of SKM who is the first female leader of the political party in Sikkim.

In September 2013 P.S. Golay formally seceded from SDF and became the Party President of SKM.[6][7]

SKM contested assembly election from all 32 constituencies which were held on 12 April 2014.[8] SKM won 10 seats and became the second largest party and opposition in the Sikkim Legislative Assembly. They secured 40.8% votes in the election. The former Chief Minister of Sikkim Nar Bahadur Bhandari gave his unconditional support to SKM party withdrawing his party Sikkim Sangram Parishad from participation in elections, 2014 and played an active role during campaigning phase of SKM party. Likely Former Chief Minister of Sikkim B. B. Gurung shown his support to SKM party, resigning from ruling SDF party.[9][10]

For the by-poll of Sikkim Legislative Assembly which were held 13 September 2014, SKM established the alliance with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and supported Bikash Basnet who was a candidate of BJP.[11]

In 2017, SKM elected MLA Kunga Nima Lepcha as Acting President of the party and Similarly M.P. Subba and Navin Karki as Working President. Party also appointed Arun Upreti as Secretary General of the party.

2019 electionEdit

The party came close to allying with Bhartiya Janata Party before the 2019 Indian Election but decided to fight alone.[12] After the 2019 Sikkim Legislative Assembly election it decided to join the National Democratic Alliance on May 26, 2019 led by the Bhartiya Jantha Party.[13]

They contested on all 32 constituencies of the Sikkim Legislative Assembly and won 17 constituencies, thus ending Pawan Kumar Chamling's 25-year rule in Sikkim.[14]

Indra Hang Subba won the Sikkim Lok Sabha constituency by defeating his nearest rival of Sikkim Democratic Front Dek Bahadur Katwal 12,443 margin.[15]

Electoral resultsEdit

Sikkim Legislative Assembly election
Year Total Seats Seats Contested Seats Won Forfeited Deposits % Votes Contested Source
2014 32 32 10 0 42.07 [16]
2019 32 32 17 0 47.03 [17]
2019 (by-election) 3 1 1 0 84.00 [18]
Lok Sabha election, Sikkim
Year Total Seats Seats Contested Seats Won Forfeited Deposits % Votes Contested Source
2014 1 1 0 0 39.47 [19]
2019 1 1 1 0 47.46 [20]

Frontal OrganisationEdit

  • Sikkim Krantikari Krishak Morcha
  • Sikkim Krantikari Nari Morcha
  • Sikkim Krantikari Yuva Morcha
  • Sikkim Krantikari Shramik Morcha
  • Sikkim Krantikari Vidyarthi Morcha
  • Sikkim Krantikari Vyapari Morcha
  • Sikkim Krantikari Chalak Morcha
  • Sikkim Krantikari Avakashprapta Sainik Morcha
  • Sikkim Krantikari Avakashprapta Karmachari Morcha

Chief MinistersEdit

No Name Term Party[a] Tenure Ref
1 Golay 27 May 2019 Incumbent Sikkim Krantikari Morcha 609 days [21]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ This column only names the chief minister's party. The state government he heads may be a complex coalition of several parties and independents; these are not listed here.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "List of Political Parties and Election Symbols main Notification Dated 18.01.2013" (PDF). India: Election Commission of India. 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  2. ^ Singh, Shiv Sahay (26 May 2019). "SKM stakes claim to govt., joins NDA". The Hindu. Kolkata. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  3. ^ Himalayan Mirror, 5 February 2013, p.1. (pdf)
  4. ^ "Who is P.S. Golay, the new chief minister of Sikkim". The Hindu. 27 May 2019. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  5. ^ New Sikkim Chief Minister PS Golay announced 5-day working week for government employees
  6. ^ Golay says bye to SDF, finallyThe Telegraph, 4 September 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Why Sikkim is more excited about assembly polls than Lok Sabha elections | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  8. ^ "Why Sikkim is more excited about assembly polls than Lok Sabha elections?". DNA. 2 April 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  9. ^ SDF sweeps Sikkim pollsBusiness Standard, 17 May 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  10. ^ "Partywise assembly election result status". ECI. Archived from the original on 16 May 2014.
  11. ^ Voting starts for Sikkim assembly seatThe Economic Times, 13 September 2014. Retrieved 14 September 2014. Basnet was a SKM candidate on the Sikkim Legislative Assembly Election of April 2014.
  12. ^ SKM parts ways with BJP in Sikkim
  13. ^ "SKM stakes claim to govt., joins NDA". 26 May 2019. Retrieved 28 December 2020.
  14. ^ SKM wins 17 assembly seats, set to form govt
  15. ^ SKM's Indra Hang Subba wins lone LS seat in Sikkim
  16. ^ "STATISTICAL REPORT ON GENERAL ELECTION, 2014 TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF SIKKIM". ECI. 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  17. ^ "SKM ends Chamling's 25-year rule". FRONTLINE. 7 June 2019. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
  18. ^ "Final result of Poklok-Kamrang bye-poll". SikkimExpress (Facebook). 25 October 2019. Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  19. ^ "Constituencywise-All Candidates". Election Commission of India. Archived from the original on 17 May 2014.
  20. ^ "Sikkim Lok Sabha Election Results 2019 Live". News18. 27 May 2019. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  21. ^ Singh, Shiv Sahay (27 May 2019). "P.S. Golay sworn in as Sikkim Chief Minister". The Hindu.

See alsoEdit