Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling, who is going to take charge for the 5th time in the state, has never looked back ever since he started his political career. Chamling’s Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) has successfully fought anti-incumbency to emerge fifth-time lucky. Known for his love for the environment, he is known as the “greenest chief minister of India’’.
Under his leadership, Sikkim was the first state to begin a green mission to increase its forest cover and is well on its way to become India’s first organic state by 2015. On the political front, he looks all set to surpass Jyoti Basu’s record as the longest continuously serving CM in India. Such is his popularity that in 1989, a mind-boggling 96 % votes were polled in his favour in the Damthang Assembly seat elections. The last outgoing Assembly was unique in that in the absence of any opposition members, his party SDF had all the 32 seats and could pass many bills in minutes.