Gangtok, August 15, 2019:
The Sikkim Government has announced that there will be a holiday in all Government offices, public sector undertakings and all the schools of Sikkim on 16 August, 2019. An official release states that this is “in lieu of hard work put in by all for the success of Independence Day function.”
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It is to be mentioned that the political atmosphere in the state of Sikkim is very tense at the moment, to say the least.
After the defection of two MLAs from the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF), GT Dhungel and Em Prasad, to the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM), SDF supremo Pawan Kumar Chamling remains the only SDF legislator.
Earlier, ten SDF members, led by former Minister DT Lepcha, joined BJP party. The MLAs had earlier met BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav, who formally inducted them into the saffron party yesterday.
It may be mentioned that there has been a dramatic change in the political scenario of Sikkim in the wake of the 2019 Assembly elections in the State as the PS Golay led SKM were able to upset the longest-serving Chief Minister Pawan Chamling, who had been reigning as CM for twenty-five years.
Meanwhile, the current CM Golay is yet to prove his mettle as he must win an election within the next 6 months in order to hang onto the post of Chief Minister. Furthermore, Golay is still plagued by charges of corruption.
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