Pawan Chamling was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Sikkim on 21 May 2014 for a record fifth consecutive time. Governor of Sikkim, Shriniwas Patil administered the oath of office and secrecy to Chamling and his 11 ministers at Raj Bhawan in Gangtok.
Chamling is the leader of Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) and has secured a two-third majority in the Assembly elections by winning 22 seats out of 32. The Sikkim Krantikari Morcha will be the opposition party in the assembly as it has secured 10 seats.
He has been the Chief Minister of the State since 12 December 1994 and has competed 20 years at the post till now. With this swearing-in, he is set to become the longest-serving Chief Minister of any State of India, if he serves a complete tenure. Till now the record has been held by the late communist leader Jyoti Basu, who served West Bengal as a Chief Minister for 23 years from 1977 to 2000.
About Pawan Chamling
Chamling is also known as greenest chief minister of India due to his love for the environment. Under his leadership, Sikkim became the first state in India to start green mission in which the forest cover of the state has increased and is on the way to become India’s first organic state by 2015.
Personally he is also a writer and poet and writes under the pen name Pawan Chamling Kiran. He is an author of many books in three languages Hindi, Nepali and English. His first poem was Bir Ko Parichay in 1967. Till now he has written and published three collections of poems namely
• Antahin Sapana Mero Bipana
• Mo Ko Hun
• Praramvik Kavita Haroo
Twice, he has been the recipient of Sikkim Sahitya Parishad has awarded him twice
• Chintan Puraskar in 1987
• Bhanu Puraskar in 2010
In 2001, he was awarded by Poets Foundation in Kolkata for his lifetime achievement in literature. He is a publisher and his publishing house is Nirman Publication that has published more than 100 books. Every month, he publishes a monthly literature magazine named Nirman.
When: 21 May 2014