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Swaraj India lends active support to Hamro Sikkim Party founded by former international footballer & India’s captain turned politician Bhaichung Bhutia

Swaraj India lends active support to Hamro Sikkim Party founded by former international footballer & India’s captain turned politician Bhaichung Bhutia

Swaraj India
Press Release
4th March 2019
– Swaraj India lends active support to Hamro Sikkim Party founded by former international footballer & India’s captain turned politician Bhaichung Bhutia
– Hamro Sikkim Party to contest 2019 election from all 32 Assembly seats and the Lok Sabha seat in Sikkim
– Hamro Sikkim Party leads the way in alternative politics – elects young AIIMS trained lady doctor Bina Basnett as President & face of campaign 
Swaraj India has announced its active support to Hamro Sikkim Party (HSP) in Sikkim. Founded by former international footballer & India’s captain turned politician Bhaichung Bhutia, HSP is a beacon of alternative politics and participatory democracy, the ideals followed by Swaraj India. HSP is all set to change the corruption ridden politics of Sikkim with a slew of development measures aimed at sustainable and all round development of the state for the benefit of people. A new, sustainable, people-centric economy based on the ethos and ecology of Sikkim is being unveiled and that people of Sikkim will have a real choice of good governance and dedicated leadership in place of the autocratic and money-muscle options offered by the present ruling party SDF and the anchor-less opposition party SKM.
With the slogan of Naya Sikkim, Hamro Sikkim, and Whistle as its symbol, HSP is rapidly becoming the main hope of the people of Sikkim.
“Sikkim has been betrayed by both SDF and SKM, it deserves leadership that will keep the interests of the people above everything else” said Biraj Adhikari, spokesperson of HSP. Adhikari also said that by projecting a young AIIMS trained lady doctor, Bina Basnett, as President & face of campaign along with Bhaichung, the youth of Sikkim have leaders who understand their view point and aspirations. The main issues on which HSP is contesting elections are education, employment, health, tourism and agrarian economy. “These are the issues that impact the lives of people and hold the key to Sikkim’s prosperity. That is why we have decided to bring these issues into the main narrative of Sikkim politics,” said Adhikari.
“The whole country needs fresh, young & honest politicians and Dr. Bina Basnett and Baichung Bhutia exemplify that”, said Swaraj India President Yogendra Yadav. “A woman without any political background leading a new political party is so refreshing; it bodes well for democracy and addresses the larger question of role of women in public life and Indian politics,” said Yadav.
“I have seen Sikkim suffer under authoritarian and corrupt politicians; as a Sikkimese, I consider it my duty to stand up and use all my energy to change things and I invite all Sikkimese to join this movement of HSP to bring a new, futuristic and people-centric government in Sikkim,” said Bhaichung Bhutia.
“Basic services like health, education and infrastructure very sub-standard in Sikkim and people suffer everyday because of these; the youth feel hopeless and depressed; there is a pervasive atmosphere of doom and that is why perhaps the rate of suicide in Sikkim is amongst the highest in India. We have to start afresh and build a new Sikkim for all Sikkimese, where prosperity and happiness-for-all are the benchmarks,” said Dr. Bina Basnett.
Swaraj India’s General Secretary Avik Saha and Vice President Dr. Somnath Tripathi are working closely with the HSP team for designing the election campaign and a team of young volunteers are being stationed at Gangtok to assist HSP in ground campaign in the upcoming elections.

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