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Sikkim’s Pawan Chamling set to become longest-serving chief minister

LiveMint logoLiveMint 17-05-2014 PTI

Gangtok: Sikkim chief minister Pawan Chamling is set for a consecutive fifth term, beating the record set by Jyoti Basu in West Bengal.

Chamling’s Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) won two-thirds majority in the assembly elections winning 22 of the 32 seats with a vote share of 55%. He won both from the Rangang-Yangang and Namchi-Singhithang assembly constituencies with huge margins.

Chamling took over the reins of the state on 12 December 1994 and completed 20 years as chief minister of the state. He is set to break the record of late communist leader Basu, considered the longest serving chief minister for more than 23 years from 21 June 1977 to 5 November 2000 in West Bengal. The SDF also won the lone Lok Sabha seat with its candidate P.D. Rai, defeating his main rival Tek Nath Dhakal of Sikkim Krantikari Morcha by a margin of 42,000 votes.

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