Claiming that a political ‘vacuum’ was prevailing in Sikkim after 15 years of SDF rule,the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Monday said that it would provide a viable alternative to the people.
“The SDF has been in power for too long a period. The people of Sikkim want a change in the political leadership,but due to the absence of a viable alternative they are not able to effect a desired change,” NCP General Secretary P A Sangma said in Gangtok on phone from Jorethang in West District.
The party has the right credentials to provide a viable alternative to the people of Sikkim,Sangma said,adding that he will take a ‘personal interest’ in the party’s future in the forthcoming assembly and parliamentary polls in the Himalayan state.
“We have made our political presence felt in all north-eastern states,barring Sikkim where too,concerted efforts have been launched to woo the people to the ideology and programme of the NCP,” he said.
On the electoral prospects of the NCP in the north-eastern states in the parliamentary polls,he said that his party might win at least six Lok Sabha seats this time.
The SDF has 31 MLAs in the 32-member house and the Congress has a lone legislator.