SKM party taking one step at a time for Sikkim’s future
The Sikkim Krantikari Morcha party established at Soreng, West Sikkim on 4th February 2013, marking a historic turning point that would change Sikkim’s political scenario completely in the next few years, eventually coming to power in the 2019 elections. On their list of firsts, they were the only party to install a woman, Bharati Sharma, as the elected working president, making her the first leader of any political party in Sikkim.
In September 2013 Prem Singh Tamang, the current Chief Minister of Sikkim, formally seceded from the Sikkim Democratic Front, the opposition, and then became the party president of SKM. On April 12, 2014, SKM contested assembly election from all 32 constituencies. Back then, SKM won 10 seats and became the second-largest party and the most active opposition in the Sikkim Legislative Assembly. In the 2019 election, they contested in all 32 constituencies of the SLA and won 17 constituencies.
On February, 2021 on occasion of the 9th foundation day atconstituency Poklok Kamrang, Namchi
In his speech Prem singh tamang recalled the struggles and hardships faced by the SKM during the early years, accusing the then SDF government of launching conspiracies against him and his party.
He appealed to the SKM workers to follow the ideologies and guidelines of the party and work for all well-being of the Sikkimese people.
Sikkim krantikari morcha during their 2 years tenure have successfully initiated various schemes, for instance, the verification of one family one job benifecieris Which was although distributed during Sikkim democratic party rule but then it was claimed that it was not initiated in a proper and fruitful manner
Prem Singh Tamang addressing the issue said “ the former government has not been able to implement the one family one job scheme In a proper way, without any official verification so the verification is much needed so that the needy ones can be benefited from the scheme”
The SKM party is also aligned towards youth empowerment and giving youth a chance to explore the political platforms. In which regard Sikkim got youngest member of parliament Indra Hang Limboo.
However, the SKM party has been on the receiving end of tremendous criticism from the public, as is natural when a new political party comes into power and challenges a pre-existing condition of worn-out state politics, but has managed to retain the favour of citizens by engaging in community-based programmes and exuding a somewhat more approachable stance than the previous government. The presence of young leaders who connect to the growing number of youth in the state brings more hope for those who need the government to listen to their problems. After all, they are the inheritors of the future and whether SKM can build a sustainable environment that allows for radical change and accountability.