No rainbow flags in Sikkim for another 5 years?

Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling, an open and unrepentant¬†homophobe¬† who publicly¬†ridiculed LGBT and transgender people in a public speech and declared that he was firmly against abolition of IPC 377, might well become the country’s longest serving Chief Minister transcending the late Communist patriarch Jyoti Basu if he wins this year’s Assembly polls, for the fifth time in a row.

Leading the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) government since December 12, 1994, Chamling has completed 20 years as the CM of the Himalayan state, annexed by India in 1975.

Basu had created a record of the longest serving chief minister by holding the post in West Bengal for more than 23 years from June 21, 1977 to November 5, 2000 when CPI(M) replaced him with Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.

Chamling will create a new record if he wins the April 12 Assembly polls, being held along with the Lok Sabha election, and retains power for over four years.

“It would be a matter of pride for Sikkim to break Basu’s record. We are confident that Chamling will win this time again and create a new record in India,” SDF vice president K B Chamling told PTI in Gangtok.

He said Chamling’s popularity has soared further due to his success in developing the state and maintaining it as one of the country’s most peaceful places. A little more than 3,70,000 voters will decide on April 12 whether Chamling can defeat Basu as well as his other rivals.

In the 2009 assembly polls, SDF had won all the 32 seats leaving absolutely no opposition in the House. This year, anti-incumbency factor is being seen as a major hurdle to Chamling’s dream to retain power and celebrate silver jubilee as the chief minister.

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