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A file photo of SDF's Pawan Chamling
A file photo of SDF's Pawan Chamling

Elections 2019: Can Sikkim pull off an upset?

  • According to trends by EC, the SDF is leading in seven seats while Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) is leading in ten seats
  • The SDF is also trailing in the lone Lok sabha seat in the state which they have been winning since the 1996 general elections

New Delhi: The North-East state of Sikkim could be looking at a surprise with the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) , which has been in power since 1994 trailing in both the Lok Sabha and state assembly elections.

Chief minister Pawan Chamling, who is the longest serving chief minister in independent India, has been in power for five consecutive terms and was seeking re-election for a record sixth time. This election, Chamling is contesting from two seats in the assembly.

According to trends by Election Commission of India, the SDF is leading in seven seats while Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) is leading in ten seats. Sikkim state assembly has 32 seats in total.

The SDF is also trailing in the lone Lok sabha seat in the state which they have been winning since the 1996 general elections.

Both the state assembly and Lok Sabha seat went to poll in the first phase on 11 April. Sikkim, with an electorate of over four lakh voters saw 150 candidates in fray on 32 assembly seats, while 11 candidates are contesting for the lone Lok Sabha seat.

The SDF has enjoyed brute majority in the state for over two decades. In the 2014 assembly elections, SDF formed government after winning majority in 22 of the 32 assembly seats. In the 2009 elections, the party had won all the seats in the assembly.

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