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Sikkim Democratic Front

Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) is a regional political party in the Indian state of Sikkim.

Sikkim Democratic Front
PresidentPawan Kumar Chamling
Lok Sabha leaderNone
Rajya Sabha leaderHishey Lachungpa
Founded4 March 1993 (26 years ago) (1993-03-04)
HeadquartersS.D.F Bhawan, Indira Byepass Gangtok, Sikkim
IdeologyDemocratic socialism
Political positionCentre-left to Left-wing
ECI StatusState Party[1]
Seats in Lok Sabha
0 / 545
Seats in Rajya Sabha
1 / 245
Seats in Sikkim Legislative Assembly
1 / 32


The party was founded by Pawan Kumar Chamling in 1993. It has ruled the Sikkim state since 1994 with Pawan Kumar Chamling as the chief minister. The party consolidated its position sweeping the 1999 and 2004 state elections. It won 31 of the 32 assembly seats in the 2004 election.[2] In the 2009 assembly election, the party made a clean sweep, winning all 32 seats. It also retained the lone Lok Sabha seat.[3] In 2014 assembly elections, SDF won 22 seats and retained power.

In May 2016, after the BJP led NDA formed its first government in Assam, a new alliance called the North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) was formed with BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma as its convener.[4] The Chief Ministers of the north eastern states of Sikkim, Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland too belong to this alliance. Thus, the Sikkim Democratic Front joined the NDA led NEDA.[5]

Pawan Kumar Chamling resigned as CM after 2019 Sikkim Legislative Assembly election as former member Prem Singh Tamang's Sikkim Krantikari Morcha party formed the government by winning 17 seats out of 32. SDF party won the remaining 15 seats. But in August 2019, 10 MLAs quit his party to join Bharatiya Janata Party and in the same month two other legislators joined Sikkim Krantikari Morcha. Thus making Pawan Kumar Chamling only MLA of from the party.[6][7][8]

Frontal OrganisationEdit

  • Youth Wing
  • Student's Wing
  • Women's Wing
  • Labour Wing
  • Cultivators and Organic Farmers Wing
  • Ex-servicemen Wing
  • Scheduled Tribe Welfare Wing
  • Scheduled Caste Welfare Wing
  • Drivers Wing
  • Traders Wing

List of Chief MinisterEdit

No Name Term Tenure
1 Pawan Kumar Chamling
MLA form Namchi-Singhithang
12 December 1994 23 May 2019 9100 Days

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "List of Political Parties and Election Symbols main Notification Dated 18.01.2013" (PDF). India: Election Commission of India. 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 October 2010. Retrieved 1 October 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Election Commission of India - Sikkim Assembly Elections
  3. ^ Election Results 2009
  4. ^ "Sikkim CM wants BJP chief to step in".
  5. ^
  6. ^ BJP now main opposition party in Sikkim even without winning a single seat
  7. ^ 10 SDF legislators switch over to BJP
  8. ^ Ten SDF MLAs join BJP: Sikkim may be headed towards Arunachal Pradesh route, as mass crossovers leave ex-CM in the lurch