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A day after taking oath, Sikkim Chief Minister's wife resigns as MLA
Image of Krishna Kumari Rai posted by @SikkimElection on X

A day after taking oath, Sikkim Chief Minister's wife resigns as MLA

| @indiablooms | 13 Jun 2024, 10:16 pm

In a confusing move, Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang's wife Krishna Kumari Rai quit as the MLA from Namchi-Singhithang just a day after she took the oath of office.

Tamang's party, Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM), swept the recent elections, winning 31 of 32 Assembly seats and the lone Lok Sabha constituency in the state.

He is in Arunachal Pradesh to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Pema Khandu, who is returning as chief minister of the state.

Rai, who was contesting the Assembly elections for the first time, had won with a margin of 5,302 votes.

She had secured 71.6 percent of the votes polled, second only to Chief Minister Tamang, who had got 72.18 percent of the votes in Soreng-Chakung.

While the reasons for her decision are unknown, newly elected Speaker Mingma Norbu Sherpa, also from the SKM, accepted her resignation on Thursday.

The Namchi-Singhithang constituency is now vacant.

The development comes three days after at least two people died in a flash flood in Namchi district.

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