Gangtok, Feb. 11: The Trinamul Congress today said it was looking for a “proactive and educated” woman to contest from the lone Lok Sabha seat in Sikkim and would field “fresh” faces in all 32 Assembly constituencies.
Trinamul had formed a unit in the state in September with former deputy chief minister P.T. Lucksom as the president.
“We are looking for a woman candidate who is proactive and educated to contest from the lone Lok Sabha seat in Sikkim. This is also to spread awareness of women empowerment,” Tshering Wangchuk Lepcha, the general secretary of the Sikkim Pradesh Trinamul Congress, told journalists here today.
He said the party wanted to field “fresh” faces in the Assembly elections.
“We want to contest in all 32 Assembly seats. Trinamul is scouting for fresh candidates who can bring about a positive change for a better Sikkim. We prefer fresh faces to represent our party. Mamatadi (Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee) will be requested soon to come to Sikkim in March for the election campaign,” said Lepcha.
The Lok Sabha and Assembly elections are scheduled for April-May in Sikkim.
Lepcha claimed that more than 15,000 people had taken membership of Trinamul in Sikkim. “Trinamul is a new party in Sikkim and we are working to bring in a positive change with responsible leadership and encouraging participatory democracy. Our main objective is to bring a change from the top level to address the corruption menace in Sikkim,” said Lepcha.
He informed that the state unit of Trinamul would prepare the list of candidates and submit it to the All India Trinamul Congress committee by the first week of March for approval. “We will hold a public meeting at Singtam in East Sikkim on February 14 and release our election manifesto by March-end,” said Lepcha.