Bhandari files nomination
The former chief minister and Pradesh Congress committee president, Nar Bahadur Bhandari, today filed his nomination from both the Gangtok and central Pendam Assembly constituency of East Sikkim besides several other party colleagues.
It is for the seventh time that the veteran politician, who was the chief minister for two terms from 1979 to 1984 and then from 1985 to 1994, is seeking entry into the Sikkim Assembly.
He represented the the lone Sikkim parliamentary constituency for a brief period from December, 1984 to March, 1985.
Bhandari had contested the last Asembly poll in 1999 from Soreng and Rhenock constituencies. He had lost the Soreng but bagged the other seat defeating SDF's Bedu Singh Panth by 788 votes.
Immediately after filing nomination, Bhandari told repoters that he chose to file nomination today which is an auspicious day in all religions.
Lok Sabha nominee Biraj Adhikari was among the other three Congres candidates who filed their nominations today besides Sonam Tshering Bhutia and K N Upreti who filed their papers from the Sang Martam and Rhenok Assembly seats respectively.
Adhikari, who unsuccessfully contested Rhenok seat in 1994 Assembly elections as an SDF candidate, is for the first time contesting the Lok Sabha poll.
Two others of the SDF Somnath Poudiyal and Kunga Zangpo also filed their nominations today from Assam-Lingzey and the central Pendam seats respectively.