Pawan Kumar Chamling Faces Defeat in Sikkim Assembly Elections

Pawan Kumar Chamling, the five-time former Chief Minister of Sikkim and SDF leader, faced defeat from both Poklok Kamrang and Namcheybung constituencies in the recent assembly elections. Chamling, who served as chief minister for 25 years, lost to SKM candidates, marking his absence from the Sikkim Legislative Assembly after 39 years.


PTI | Gangtok | Updated: 02-06-2024 15:51 IST | Created: 02-06-2024 15:51 IST
Pawan Kumar Chamling Faces Defeat in Sikkim Assembly Elections
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Pawan Kumar Chamling, the five-time former Chief Minister of Sikkim and leader of the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF), suffered a significant electoral defeat, losing from both the Poklok Kamrang and Namcheybung Assembly constituencies.

In Poklok Kamrang, Chamling was defeated by the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha's (SKM) Bhoj Raj Rai, who secured 8,037 votes against Chamling's 4,974. Other candidates, including Arjun Rai from BJP and Sanju Rai from CAP-S, garnered 739 and 691 votes respectively.

Chamling also faced loss in the Namcheybung constituency, where SKM's Raju Basnet won with 7,195 votes compared to Chamling's 4,939. This marks the first time in 39 years that Chamling will not be a member of the Sikkim Legislative Assembly, having previously held the position of Chief Minister for a record 25 years.

The SDF participated in all 32 Assembly seats but secured only one, as the SKM claimed victory in 31 seats. The elections coincided with the Lok Sabha polls on April 19.

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