Pawan Chamling Current Affairs - 2019

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P S Golay sworn in as new CM of Sikkim

The Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) leader Prem Singh Tamang, better known as PS Golay was recently sworn in as Chief Minister of Sikkim.

Key Highlights

  • S. Golay’s Chief Ministerial oath was administered by Governor Ganga Prasad at Paljor Stadium in Gangtok, Sikkim. He took the oath in Nepali language.
  • At present, Golay is not a member of State Legislative Assembly as he did not contest the polls.
  • Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM): was formed in year 2013. In recent assembly polls it won a majority of 17 seats of the 32-member Sikkim Legislative Assembly. Its opposition party Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) bagged 15 seats.
  • Succeeds: P S. Golay succeeded Pawan Chamling of the SDF, who holds record for being the longest serving Chief Minister of India. Chamling won five consecutive terms for a little over 24 years.

About Prem Singh Tamang (Golay)

The 51 year old Golay is the sixth Chief Minister of the Himalayan State. He started his career as a school teacher. At the age of 26, he was elected to Sikkim Legislative Assembly in 1994 as an SDF candidate and went on to serve as Minister holding several portfolios for three consecutive terms till 2009.

Sikkim’s Pawan Chamling becomes India’s longest-serving Chief Minister

Sikkim’s Pawan Chamling (68) created history by becoming longest-serving Chief Minister in India. He has completed 23 years, four months and 17 days of uninterrupted service in office. He surpassed earlier record held by Jyoti Basu, 5-term West Bengal CM who held office for 23 years. Basu was in office from June 21, 1977 to November 6, 2000.

Pawan Chamling

Pawan Chamling was born on September 22, 1950, at Yangang, South Sikkim. He had dropped out of school after matriculation. He took his plunge into politics at age of 22 during the time when negotiations were underway for merger of the kingdom of Sikkim with India. He started his active political career at age of 32. He was elected aspresident of Yangang Gram Panchayat in 1982. In 1985, he was elected to the Sikkim Legislative Assembly for the first time. He had served as Minister for Industries, Information and Public Relations from 1989 to 1992 in Nar Bahadur Bhandari cabinet in the state. After a series of political upheavals in Sikkim, he formed Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) in 1993. He was sworn in as chief minister of Sikkim for the first time on December 12, 1994 and now has been in office for fifth consecutive term.