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Bhaichung loses deposits in both seats he contested

 GANGTOK, May 25 - India’s former football captain and Hamro Sikkim Party (HSP) working president Bhaichung Bhutia today congratulated the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) on winning the Assembly polls and the lone Lok Sabha seat in Sikkim.

 In a video message, Bhutia said, “I congratulate the SKM and its president PS Golay for its victory in the Sikkim Assembly polls.” Bhutia had formed the HSP in April last year to usher in a corruption-free Sikkim, but failed to impress the electorate, with all its 20 candidates, who had contested the Assembly polls, forfeiting deposits. Bhutia himself fared miserably, losing deposits from two Assembly seats, Gangtok and Tumen-Linging, that he had contested. He polled 70 votes (0.94 per cent of the total votes polled) in Gangtok to finish fourth, while in Tumen-Linging he bagged 234 votes (1.76 per cent of the total votes polled) to finish third.

Accepting the verdict with humility, the former football legend said that his party was a nascent outfit, but determined to do well in future to serve the State and its people. – PTI

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