Chief minister for 25 years. A man who who served as the chief minister for 25 years of Sikkim state since 1994 created a history in the democratic India. May be this will take another several years for another man to create a history like this. Chamling had been the country’s longest serving chief minister for any State since independence. It may be mentioned that Chamling is the second Chief Minister in India after Jyoti Basu, of West Bengal to govern a state five terms in a row.
Outgoing Chief Minister and Sikkim Democratic Front president Pawan Kumar Chamling on May 26 said “I respect the mandate given by the people of Sikkim to the SKM,(the Sikkim Kratikari Morcha) and to the SDF, (Sikkim Democratic Front) to sit in the opposition.”
Chamling was the chief minister of Sikkim since December 1994. In the recently held Assembly elections, the Sikkim Kratikari Morcha (SKM) won 17 seats in the 32-member Assembly while the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) won 15 seats.
Speaking to the reporters for the last time from the official residence where he lived for 24 and a half years, the 68-year-old SDF supremo was given a guard of honour by the Sikkim Police at Mintokgang before he left the place for the final time.
Mr Chamling vacated his official residence and left for his home at Gurpisey, South Sikkim.Hundreds of SDF workers and his supporters took out a motorcade rally and travelled with Mr Chamling’s vehicle right upto his Gurpisey residence more than 100 km away.
Supporters bid a tearful farewell after his party Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) lost the Assembly elections results of which were declared on May 23 last.Many of his supporters were seen sobbing while offering him the traditional khadas (scarf) as a token of respect.