Chamling, CM for 24 years, exits as party loses Sikkim

GANGTOK, MAY 23 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 5/23/2019 12:40:52 PM IST

Five-time Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling’s tenure ended in Sikkim on Thursday after over 24 years in power as his party, the Sikkim Democratic Front or SDF lost the state elections to a resurgent Sikkim Krantikari Morcha or SKM.

While the SDF got 15 seats in the hill state, Sikkim Krantikari Morcha, which was formed in 2013, bagged 17 seats, one more than required for a majority in the 32-member Assembly.

Chamling, however, was elected from two assembly constituencies in the state assembly elections, Election Commission officials said. He had contested the elections from Namchi Singhithang and Poklok Kamrang seats , they said.


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