Sikkim National Congress

Sikkim National Congress (abbr. SNC) was a political party in the Kingdom of Sikkim. It was founded in 1962, through a merger of Swatantra Dal, Rajya Praja Sammelan, and dissidents of the then dominant parties, Sikkim State Congress and Sikkim National Party. Kazi Lhendup Dorjee was its leader.

Sikkim National Congress
FounderKazi Lhendup Dorji
Founded1962
Dissolved1977
Merged intoIndian National Congress
IdeologyAnnexation of Kingdom of Sikkim with India
ColoursBlue
Election symbol
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The SNC was formed to be a party representing all ethnic groups in Sikkim, as the previously dominating parties were divided on ethnic lines. It opposed the monarchy in Sikkim and worked for democratic reforms.

In April 1973, Sikkim Janata Congress merged with SNC. In 1974, the first democratically elected government took office in Sikkim. In that election, the party won 31 out of 32 seats.

After the merger of Sikkim with India in 1975, the party merged with the Indian National Congress.

Electoral historyEdit

Election Seats won Seats +/- Source
1967
8 / 24
- [1]
1970
3 / 24
 5
1973
5 / 24
 2 [2]
1974
31 / 32
 26 [3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hamlet Bareh (2001). Encyclopaedia of North-East India. 7:Sikkim. Mittal Publications. p. 17. ISBN 9788170997948.
  2. ^ Election Committee, Government of Sikkim (15 February 1973). "Declaration of Election Results". pp. 64–65. Retrieved 15 June 2021.
  3. ^ "General Election to Sikkim Assembly, 1974". 20 April 1974. pp. 70–71. Retrieved 15 June 2021.

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