Hamro Sikkim Party

Indian political party

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Hamro Sikkim Party
AbbreviationHSP
LeaderBina Basnett
FounderBhaichung Bhutia
Founded31 May 2018 (3 years ago) (2018-05-31)
HeadquartersRanipool, Sikkim, India.
IdeologyLocalism
Political positionLocalism
ColoursBlue and Orange
ECI StatusRegistered-Unrecognized State Party (Sikkim)[1]
Seats in Sikkim Legislative Assembly
0 / 32
Website
www.hamrosikkimparty.org

Hamro Sikkim Party (HSP) (English Translation: Our Sikkim Party) is a regional political party (State Party (Unrecognized)) in the Indian state of Sikkim. Incumbent president of this party is Bina Basnett. Its election symbol is a Whistle.

History

Establishment of Hamro Sikkim Party

In 31 May 2018, former footballer and former member of All India Trinamool Congress (AITC), Bhaichung Bhutia established the new political party, Hamro Sikkim Party (HSP) at Daramdin, West Sikkim, for fighting with Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) which was the ruling political party in Sikkim.[2] Bhaichung Bhutia said HSP is the party for opening to a federal front or third front, and he was inspired by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for fighting against corruption.[3]

On the launching ceremony of HSP, Bhaichung Bhutia, Ran Bahadur Subba (R.B. Subba. former State Minister of SDF Government), Bina Basnett, Tirtha Sharma (former founder member of Sikkim United Front (SUF)), Dhan Singh Limboo, Tara Shrestha (former vice president of Sikkim Pradesh Congress Committee (SPCC. Sikkim branch of Indian National Congress)), Dilip Rai, Anu Sharma and Athup Lepcha (former State Minister of Sikkim Janata Parishad (SJP) Government) were elected to the Vice Presidents, and Indra Hang Subba also was one of the founding member of it. However, the post of president was kept vacant.[4]

In August 2018, Kharananda Upreti (K.N. Upreti, former State Minister of Sikkim Sangram Parishad (SSP) Government) and Biraj Adhikari (former president of Sikkim National People’s Party (SNPP)) joined HSP.[5] In HSP, Upreti was appointed to the advisor, and Adhikari was appointed to the spokesperson. In 15 November 2018, HSP was registered as a political party by Election Commission of India (ECI).[6]

Secession of leaders

In 17 January 2019, Nima Lepcha (former president of Nepali Bhutia Lepcha Sadbhawana Sangathan (NEBULA)) also joined HSP,[7] and he was appointed to the vice president of it. After a week, 24 January, vice president Bina Basnett was nominated to the president of HSP. At the same time, Bhaichung Bhutia and R.B. Subba became acting presidents.[8]

In same month, HSP held tie-up talks with Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM)[9] and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)[10] for the Sikkim Legislative Assembly Election 2019. But HSP had not been able to form any alliance with other political parties after all.

In February 2019, R.B. Subba, K.N. Upreti, Tara Shrestha and 4 other leaders seceded from HSP. They explained the 3 major reasons for quitting from HSP, namely nomination of Bina Basnett as the party president, ‘unauthorised talks’ by Bhaichung Bhutia with other political parties and differences over the Limboo-Tamang Assembly seat reservation formula. In addition, they insisted that 80% of party workers of HSP favored to nominate Upreti as the party president.[11] Subba, Upreti and Shresta joined SDF.[12]

In March same year, Indra Hang Subba[13] and Tirtha Sharma[14] also seceded from HSP, and they both joined SKM. At the same time, Indra Hang Subba was nominated to the candidate of SKM for the sole Lok Sabha Seat from Sikkim.[15]

In contrast, Athup Lepcha, Nima Lepcha, Dhan Singh Limboo, Biraj Adhikari and some other leaders favored to Bina Basnett and Bhaichung Bhutia, remained with HSP.

Sikkim Legislative Assembly Election 2019

In the Sikkim Legislative Assembly Election 2019 (32 constituencies), HSP nominated 22 candidates to 23 constituencies.[16] But all candidates lost and only received 1.76% votes or less in each constituency.[17] In Lok Sabha Election of Sikkim, HSP nominated Biraj Adhikari[18] as their candidate, but he lost and secured only 1,998 votes (0.57%) and the 6th position of 10 candidates.[19]

In October 2019 HSP participated the By-Election for Sikkim Legislative Assembly (3 constituencies). HSP send candidates to 2 constituencies, namely Bhaichung Bhutia recontested from Gangtok, Nima Lepcha recontested from Martam-Rumtek. Before this election, HSP (Bhaichung Bhutia) proposed a pre-poll alliance to Delay Namgyal Barfungpa (SNPP president and the candidate from Gangtok Constituency), but Barfungpa didn't accept it.[20]

In Gangtok constituency, the candidate of BJP, Yong Tshering Lepcha elected by 2,508 (40.88%) votes, and Barfungpa became a runner-up candidate by 1,498 (24.42%) votes. The candidate of SDF, Rinzing Ongmu Bhutia secured 874 votes (14.25%) and 3rd position of 6 candidates. Meanwhile, Bhaichung Bhutia secured 579 votes (9.44%) and 4th position, and he couldn't refund his deposit of candidacy.[21]

In Martam-Rumtek constituency, the candidate of BJP, Sonam Tshering Venchungpa elected by 8,204 (65.47%) votes, and the candidate of SDF, Nuk Tshering Bhutia became a runner-up candidate by 2,054 (16.39%).[22] Meanwhile, Nima Lepcha secured 1,235 votes (9.86%) and 3rd position of 6 candidates, so he couldn't refund his deposit of candidacy, too.[23]

Electoral records

Sikkim Legislative Assembly election
Year Total Seats Seats Contested Seats Won Forfeited Deposits % Votes Contested Source
2019 32 23 0 23 0.80 [24]
2019 (by-election) 3 2 0 2 9.72 [25][26]
Lok Sabha election, Sikkim
Year Total Seats Seats Contested Seats Won Forfeited Deposits % Votes Contested Source
2019 1 1 0 1 0.57 [27]

President

References

  1. ^ "POLITICAL PARTIES AND ELECTION SYMBOLS". ECI. 1 April 2019. Retrieved 1 November 2019. HSP was registered in this list with No.811.
  2. ^ "Hamro Sikkim Party launched at Daramdin". Sikkim Express. 1 June 2018. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Ahead of political party launch, former footballer Baichung Bhutia says open to third front". Hindustan Times. 26 May 2018. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Hamro Sikkim Party launched at Daramdin". Sikkim Express. 1 June 2018. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  5. ^ "K.N. Upreti & Biraj Adhikari joins Hamro Sikkim Party". Sikkim Express. 6 August 2018. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  6. ^ "ECI registration for HSP". Sikkim Express. 5 December 2018. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  7. ^ "No alliance with national party unless SDF ousted from NDA, NEDA: Bhaichung". Sikkim Express. 18 January 2019. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  8. ^ "Bina Basnett becomes HSP president". Business Standard. 24 January 2019. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  9. ^ "SKM chief Golay holds closed door meet with HSP VP Bhutia". Northeast Now. 15 January 2019. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  10. ^ "BJP starts tie-up talks with Sikkim parties". The Telegraph. 22 January 2019. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  11. ^ "RB Subba, KN Upreti & Tara Shrestha quit HSP". Sikkim Express. 26 February 2019. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  12. ^ "R.B Subba, K.N Upreti, other 4.7K Join SDF". Gangtok Times. 28 February 2019. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  13. ^ "Sikkim politics a vicious cycle run by money: HSP president". East Mojo. 13 March 2019. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  14. ^ "HSP vice president joins SKM". Sikkim Express. 29 March 2019. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  15. ^ "SKM declares final list of 13 candidates for assembly election". United News of India. 24 March 2019. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  16. ^ Bhaichung Bhutia was nominated to 2 constituencies (Tumen-Ringi and Gangtok).
  17. ^ "Sikkim Assembly Election Results 2019 LIVE COUNTING". Firstpost. 27 May 2019. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  18. ^ Adhikari was also nominated to the Rhenock constituency of Sikkim Legislative Assembly.
  19. ^ "Sikkim Election Results". Firstpost. 27 May 2019. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  20. ^ "Delay Namgyal critical of BJP entry plan in Sikkim". Sikkim Express. 19 October 2019. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  21. ^ "Sikkim CM Prem Singh Tamang wins from Poklok Kamrang seat, BJP bags two seats". Economic Times. 24 October 2019. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  22. ^ "Sikkim CM Prem Singh Tamang wins from Poklok Kamrang seat, BJP bags two seats". Economic Times. 24 October 2019. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  23. ^ "Graph of HSP rising: Bhaichung". Sikkim Express. 26 October 2019. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  24. ^ "Sikkim Legislative Assembly Election Results 2019 LIVE COUNTING". Firstpost. 27 May 2019. Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  25. ^ "Final result of Martam-Rumtek bye-poll". Sikkim Express (Facebook). 25 October 2019. Retrieved 19 November 2019.
  26. ^ "Final result of Gangtok bye-poll". Sikkim Express (Facebook). 25 October 2019. Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  27. ^ "Sikkim Lok Sabha Election Results 2019 Live". News 18. 27 May 2019. Retrieved 20 November 2019.

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