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Bhaichung Bhutia accuses SKM of bringing fake voters to win election

First Published: 8th February, 2024 18:36 IST

Bhutia assured that SKM party won't get votes more than 50000 (Fifty-thousand) in the 2024 elections.

Opposition Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) leader Bhaichung Bhutia made a sensational claim accusing Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang and the ruling Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) of bringing in fake voters from outside the state during the 2019 elections.

He alleged that the SKM is trying the same this year and the number of voters has increased by 28,000.
Bhutia, newly appointed as the vice-president of Sikkim Democratic Front party, claimed that he unknowingly aided such fake voters for stay in Sikkim.

Addressing the media, the former footballer-turned-politician, said, “In 2019, when we (Hamro Sikkim Party) were supporting SKM, they brought voters from outside the state. The very first day when Golay (Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang) got out of jail, the gathering had many such fake voters”.

“We paid for many hotel bills ourselves in 2019 when we were supporting SKM”, Bhutia stated.

They are hiring voters from outside Sikkim this time as well, he said, alleging that 28,000 voters have increased.

Bhutia further added that the individuals without Residential Certificates or certificates of Identification will not be included as voters.

He said, “There is a lot of influx in Sikkim from pharmaceutical and other companies. We will ensure proper work permits. These voters are affecting the general seat voters, while Bhutia Lepcha communities are protected by tribal laws and certificates. Even the One Nation One Ration Card in Sikkim affects us, when they get ration, they start bringing families. Only SDF can stop this through legislation in the Assembly.”

Bhutia further assured that SKM party won’t get more than 50,000 votes in the 2024 elections.

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