10 MLAs of Sikkim Democratic Front join BJP, danger ahead for ex-CM Pawan Chamling

Sikkim: BJP has received another shot in the arm as 10 MLAs of the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) have joined the BJP today in New Delhi. This comes as warning signs for former Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling, who is also the head of SDF.

Pawan Kumar Chamling is one of the longest serving chief ministers of Sikkim and also of India. Under his leadership, the Sikkim Democratic Front won repeated assembly elections with significant majority. The 10 MLAs of the Sikkim Democratic Front joined the BJP today in presence of BJP’s working president JP Nadda and BJP general secretary Ram Madhav.

Till now, Sikkim was the only state in Northeast India where the BJP was not in power. All other states have governments which are run by parterns of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), a special alliance of regional parties formed by the BJP to improve its footprints in the Northeast.

Sikkim has a total of 32 assembly seats. In the 2019 state assembly elections, the Sikkim Democratic front won 15 seats while the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) won 17. SKM is already a partner of the BJP-led NDA. With 10 MLAs of SDF joining the BJP, its strength in the house falls to just five, a historic low.