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

Sikkim Democratic Front
Chairperson Pawan Kumar Chamling
Lok Sabha leader Prem Das Rai
Rajya Sabha leader Hishey Lachungpa
Founded 4 March 1993
Headquarters S.D.F Bhawan, Indira Byepass Gangtok, Sikkim
Ideology Democratic socialism
Political position Centre-left to Left-wing
ECI Status State Party[1]
Alliance NEDA, NDA
Seats in Lok Sabha
1 / 545
[2](currently 532 members + 1 Speaker)
Seats in Rajya Sabha
1 / 245
Seats in Sikkim Legislative Assembly
22 / 32
Website
sikkimdemocraticfront.org

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HistoryEdit

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.[3] In the 2009 assembly election, the party made a clean sweep, winning all 32 seats. It also retained the lone Lok Sabha seat.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6]

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 Incumbent 8681 Days

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ "Members: Lok Sabha". loksabha.nic.in. Lok Sabha Secretariat. Retrieved 27 August 2018. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 October 2010. Retrieved 1 October 2010.  Election Commission of India - Sikkim Assembly Elections
  4. ^ http://ceosikkim.nic.in/Index.htm Election Results 2009
  5. ^ "Sikkim CM wants BJP chief to step in". 
  6. ^ http://www.hindustantimes.com/india/amit-shah-holds-meeting-with-northeast-cms-forms-alliance/story-YDYLQ6YsImuzZOQ6Zev5MO.html