• Short Summary

    The State government in Sikkim has been soundly defeated in the first local Assembly election since the former Himalayan Kingdom merged with India in 1975.

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    The State government in Sikkim has been soundly defeated in the first local Assembly election since the former Himalayan Kingdom merged with India in 1975. The local Janata Party of former Chief Minister Kazi Lhendup Dorji failed to win any of the 31 seats declared in Friday's (12 October) election for the 32 seat State Legislature.

    SYNOPSIS: The State of Sikkim is considered a strategic area in India's North East. It has a large concentration of Indian troops stationed opposite Chinese held Tibet.

    Observers saw the election as a test of public feeling over the four year merger with India. In Gangtok the voting began on an orderly note. For the first time anywhere in India, voters were issued with identity cards to counter any claims of electoral malpractice.

    The voting was overseen by both electoral and police officials. More than seventy per cent of the 117-thousand registered voters took part in the election. As the ballots were counted it was apparent the government had suffered a resounding defeat and observers likened it to a delayed vote against the merger. The Opposition Janata Parishad Party which had campaigned to maintain
    Sikkimese identity emerged victorious picking up 16 of the available seats, while another eleven went to the Congress Revolutionary Party. Janata Parishad Party leader Sonam Tshering was cheered as the result became known. The new government will be sworn in within the next week.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9KH509JIWP3MP9E0BNLO7VEV9
    Media URN:
    VLVA9KH509JIWP3MP9E0BNLO7VEV9
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/10/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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