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SDF wins all seats in Sikkim Assembly

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KOLKATA: The Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) swept back to power for the fourth time, winning all the 32 seats in the Assembly, elections to which were held on April 30.

Its president Pawan Chamling, who will be sworn in Chief Minister for a record fourth time on May 20, described his party’s landslide victory as a result of the “work done by his government over the past three terms” and its “success in being able to fulfil the expectations of the people.”

“The results are a vindication of the people’s faith in me and my party in what has been a historic election,” Mr. Chamling told The Hindu over telephone from Gangtok on Saturday.

“Not only has the anti-incumbency factor not worked in Sikkim, but we have been able to win in most constituencies by a greater margin than in the previous election — a reflection of the people’s trust and confidence in the SDF’s policies and programmes,” he said.

The lone Lok Sabha seat from the State went to the SDF’s P.D. Rai.

The Himalayan State is in for a “new-look” Cabinet. “A majority of our Ministers will be new, with an emphasis on youth,” said Mr. Chamling.

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