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SDF leader to take oath as Sikkim CM on Wednesday

Pawan Chamling is on his way to surpass the tenure of the longest serving Chief minister of the country

Press Trust of India  |  Gangtok 

Having won a record mandate for the fifth time in a row, Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling, who is on his way to surpass the tenure of the longest serving Chief minister of the country, will take oath on Wednesday.

"All the 22 MLAs of Sikkim Democratic Front had a meeting and we have unanimously decided to elect Pawan Chamling as our leader. We will form the government on Wednesday," SDF Vice-President K B Chamling told PTI.

Last week, SDF won the assembly polls by a two-third majority with 22 of its MLAs being elected to the 32 member House.

In power since December 12, 1994, 63-year-old Chamling has already completed two uninterrupted decades as the chief minister of Sikkim.

After this swearing-in, he will be on way to surpass the record of former West Bengal chief minister Jyoti Basu of being the longest serving chief minister of the country.

Basu had ruled West Bengal for 23 years from 1977 to 2000.

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First Published: Mon, May 19 2014. 14:00 IST