Hamro Party bags 8 seats, TMC gets 5 seats, independents win 5 seats

Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 11:15 [IST]

Last Update: Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 05:42 [IST]

Hamro Party bags 8 seats, TMC gets 5 seats, independents win 5 seats

BGPM wins GTA election with simple majority

DARJEELING,: The Bharatiya Gorkha Prajatantrik Morcha (BGPM) is all set to form the new board of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) after winning in 27 constituencies out of the 45 GTA seats here on Wednesday.

In the counting of the GTA polls which took place in three different places across Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts, the Hamro Party (HP) which was being seen as the main contender to BGPM managed to win only eight seats. The TMC won in five seats and five independent candidates were victorious.

The BGPM had contested in 36 seats while Hamro Party had fielded candidates in all the 45 constituencies. The TMC was contesting in 10 seats.

After the win today, BGPM president Anit Thapa said, "This was a very tough journey for us with us losing many times now. However, in each election that was held in the past our support from the people has increased. People have put faith in me that I can do something.”

Thapa has maintained for some time that he has lost in the past four previous elections in the hills including the recent Darjeeling civic polls.

“There are a lot of challenges ahead and I have to work to make the future of the hills. There are many issues like panchayat election, formation of SSC, regularisation of casual workers along with other things we will work for," said Thapa who in the past was also the GTA chairman for a brief period.

Thapa who contested from Sitong-Latpanchar and Kurseong-Giddepahar constituencies appealed to his supporters not to create disturbances during their victory celebrations.

On the other hand, Hamro Party president Ajoy Edwards said, “We respect the mandate of the people and wish the winning party well. We may be in the minority, but we will be the voice of the people and work as a strong and constructive opposition in the GTA.”

Hamro Sikkim won seven seats in Darjeeling and one seat in Kurseong but failed to score in Kalimpong.

Interestingly, the BGPM and the Hamro Party were formed in the month of September and November 2021 respectively.

Senior TMC leader Binay Tamang won from the Rishihat-Bloomfield constituency in Darjeeling. “I will take up the issue of granting land rights to the hills people with the Bengal government. I also thank people for voting for me,” he said.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee congratulated the BGPM for winning the GTA election. "Lots of things have happened in the past in the hills. Now peace has returned, and elections have been held peacefully and democratically with people participating in it. I congratulate the hill people. The opposition have won only 8 and our alliance the rest," she said.

This time in the GTA area there are around 7 lakh voters while 59.05 % vote was cast.

 

GTA Polls Result

BGPM: 27

Hamro Party: 8

TMC: 5

Independents: 5

 

“This was a very tough journey for us with us losing many times now. However, in each election that was held in the past our support from the people has increased. People have put faith in me that I can do something.” - BGPM president Anit Thapa

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi