Saturday, September 12, 2009
Namchi,sep11: It was perhaps nostalgic for Chief Minister Dr. Pawan Chamling when, after two and a half decades, he cast his vote for another candidate, of course one of his own party SDF, from Namchi Singithang constituency on Thursday.
Damthang was the constituency before delimitation from where he was elected MLA for 25 years. After delimitation, Damthang broke up in two constituencies, namely, Namchi Singithang and Poklok Kamrang from both of which the Chief Minister won with huge margin in May 2009 general election.
Subsequently, he retained Poklok Kamrang and vacated Namchi Singithang for the bye election on September 10, in which Binod Rai is contesting with SDF ticket. Dr. Chamling and Mrs. Tika Maya Chamling cast their vote on the day at Namchi New Secondary School poling booth while SDF candidate Binod Rai cast his vote at Mickhola School poling booth.
Independent candidates Namgyal Bhutia and Chandra Prakash Manger cast their vote at JNMIH, Boomtar, and Phalidara poling stations respectively. Two other candidates, Yuva Raj Rai of INC and Arjun Rai of SGPP are not voters of this constituency.