Sikkim (SK) Bye Elections 2014The by-polls in the Rangang-Yangang constituency of Sikkim are slated to be held on 13 September. The seat was left vacant after Chief Minister Pawan Chamling who won the two assembly seats in the April elections decided to quit from Rangang-Yangang constituency. He retained the Namchi-Singithang seat.
Sikkim Lok Sabha Election Summary 2014Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) who has been ruling the state since its inception in 1994, continued to rule the state by winning the lone Lok Sabha seat in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. SDF also won the assembly elections which were held along the Lok Sabha elections in the state. One of the smallest state of the north eastern region of India, Sikkim is represented by a single constituency in the Parliament. The single Lok Sabha constituency was held by the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) government since previous elections too. Although, the assembly constituencies are led by the Indian National Congress (INC). The state of Sikkim is headed by a Chief Minister and Pawan Kumar Chamling is the present Chief Minister of the state. Sikkim has major political parties like INC, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Communist Party of India (CPI) etc. but is majorly led by small regional parties like SDF. Sikkim went for Lok Sabha and Assembly polls simultaneously in 2014. SDF who has been ruling the state since its inception in 1994, continued to rule the state by winning the lone Lok Sabha seat.
Sikkim is a small state in North Eastern region of India. It shares the border with Nepal, Chinal, Tibet and Bhutan. Sikkim is divided into four districts. The state has only one parliamentary constituency, currently held by the SDF government.
Sikkim Elections HistorySikkim, one of the smallest and the least populated states in the country, has a unicameral legislature, with only one house of the State Legislative Assembly also called the Vidhan Sabha. The State legislative Assembly has 32 directly elected members. The tenure of the Vidhan Sabha is five years unless it is dissolved. The seat of the State Legislative Assembly is at Gangtok, the capital of the state.
The north eastern Himalayan kingdom of Sikkim joined the Indian Union on April 26, 1975. The first Legislative Assembly elections were held in 1979. The Indian National Congress won the first elections. Since then, the state has held regular elections to the Vidhan Sabha. In 1984 Sikkim Sangram Parishad founded by Shri Nar Bahadur Bhandari came to power. The party remained in power for ten years till losing ground to the SDF.
The main political party in the state currently is the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) founded in 1993 by Shri Pawan Kumar Chamling , the current CM of the state . The party has consistently won the state assembly elections since 1999. It won 31 seats in 2004 and made a clean sweep in 2009, winning all 32 seats in the state assembly. It has also retained the parliamentary seat in the 2009 general elections.
The states are allocated seats in the Indian parliament on the basis of the population of the state. The ratio of the number of seats in the parliament and the population of the state is the same for all states in the country. As Sikkim has a low population, the entire state is represented by one directly elected member in the Lok Sabha and one indirectly elected member in the Rajya Sabha in the Indian Parliament. The current Lok Sabha MP is Shri Prem Das Rai of the Sikkim Democratic Front. The Rajya Sabha MP is Shri Hishey Lachungpa.
Sikkim Political Parties
- The Indian National Congress
- The Bharatiya Janata party
- The Communist Party of India (M)
- The Nationalist Congress Party
- The Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF)
- Sikkim Gorkha Prajatantric Party
- Sikkim Himali Rajya Parishad Party
- Sikkim Jan-Ekta Party
Sikkim Legislative AssemblyThe last state assembly elections were held in 2009. The total number of electors was 300584, out of which 81. 79% cast their votes.The Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) swept the elections by winning all 32 seats. In the last assembly elections held in 2004 it had won 31 out of 32 seats. Shri Pawan Kumar Chamling became the Chief Minister for the third term.
The Leader of the House in the State Assembly is Shri Pawan Kumar Chamling, who is also the Chief Minister. The Speaker of the Assembly is Shri Karma Tempo Namgyal Gyaltsen. The Deputy speaker is Shri Man Bahadur Dahal. Shri B P Singh is the Governor of the state.
Some of the members of the present state assembly are Shri T T Bhutia, Shri D N Thakarpa, Shri P S Tamang, Shri N K Pradhan, Shri M B Dahal, and Shri P L Subba.
|P.C. Name||Reserved for (SC/ST/GEN)||Names of Assembly Constituencies (Vidhan Sabha)|
|Sikkim||GEN||Yoksam-Tashiding (BL)||Melli||Shyari (BL)|
|Sikkim||GEN||Rinchenpong (BL)||Tumen-Lingi (BL)||Gangtok (BL)|
|Sikkim||GEN||Daramdin (BL)||Khamdong-Singtam||Upper Burtuk|
|Sikkim||GEN||Soreong-Chakung||West Pendam (SC)||Kabi Lungchuk (BL)|
|Sikkim||GEN||Salghari-Zoom (SC)||Rhenock||Djongu (BL)|
|Sikkim||GEN||Barfung (BL)||Chujachen||Lachen Mangan (BL)|
List of Chief Minister in Sikkim
|S. No.||Chief Minister||From||To||Party Name|
|1||Pawan Kumar Chamling||Dec 12, 1994||Incumbent||SDF|
|2||Sanchaman Limboo||Jun 17, 1994||Dec 12, 1994||SSP|
|3||Nar Bahadur Bhandari||Mar 8, 1985||Jun 17, 1994||SSP|
|(President's rule)||May 25, 1984||Mar 8, 1985||N/A|
|4||B. B. Gurung||May 11, 1984||May 25, 1984||INC|
|5||Nar Bahadur Bhandari||Oct 18, 1979||May 11, 1984||SJP|
|(President's rule)||Aug 18, 1979||Oct 18, 1979||N/A|
|6||Kazi Lhendup Dorjee||May 16, 1975||Aug 18, 1979||INC|
List of Governors in Sikkim
|S.No.||Name of Governor||From||To|
|1||Shriniwas Dadasaheb Patil||Jul 1, 2013||Incumbent|
|2||Balmiki Prasad Singh||Jul 9, 2008||Jun 30, 2013|
|3||Sudarshan Agarwal||Oct 25, 2007||Jul 8, 2008|
|4||V. Rama Rao||Aug 13, 2006||Oct 25, 2007|
|5||R.S. Gavai (acting)||Jul 13, 2006||Aug 12, 2006|
|6||V. Rama Rao||Oct 26, 2002||Jul 12, 2006|
|7||Kidar Nath Sahani||May 18, 2001||Oct 25, 2002|
|8||Chaudhary Randhir Singh||Feb 10, 1996||May 17, 2001|
|9||K.V. Raghunatha Reddy (additional charge)||Nov 12, 1995||Feb 9, 1996|
|10||P. Shiv Shankar||Sep 21, 1994||Nov 11, 1995|
|11||Radhakrishna Hariram Tahiliani||Feb 8, 1990||Sep 20, 1994|
|12||S.K. Bhatnagar||Mar 2, 1989||Feb 7, 1990|
|13||Bhishma Narain Singh (additional charge)||May 31, 1985||Nov 20, 1985|
|14||T.V. Rajeswar||Jan 21, 1985||Mar 1, 1989|
|15||Kona Prabhakar Rao||Jun 18, 1984||May 30, 1985|
|16||Homi J.H. Taleyarkhan||Jan 10, 1981||Jun 17, 1984|
|17||B.B. Lal||May 16, 1975||Jan 9, 1981|
Cabinet Ministers of Sikkim
|Ministries||Name of Minsiter|
|Chief Minister, Home Department, Finance, Revenue and Expenditure Department, Development Planning, Economic Reforms & North East Council Affairs Department and Other Departments not specifically allotted to any other ministers||Dr. Pawan Chamling|
|Roads and Bridges and Labour Departments||Shri. Ran Bahadur Subba|
|Water Security and Public Health Engineering and Transport Departments||Shri. Thenlay Tshering Bhutia|
|Health care, Human Services and Family Welfare ,Animal Husbandry, Livestock, Fisheries and Veterinary Services and Parliamentary Affairs Departments||Shri Dawa Norbu Takarpa|
|Human Resource Department, Sports and Youth Affairs and Information Technology Departments||Shri Narendra Kumar Pradhan|
|Urban Development and Housing, Food ,Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Departments||Shri Dil Bahadur Thapa(Mangar)|
|Energy and Power and Cultural Affairs and Heritage Departments||Shri Sonam Gyatso Lepcha|
|Rural Management and Development and Cooperation Departments||Shri. Chandra Bahadur Karki|
|Food Security and Agriculture Development and Horticulture & Cash Crop Development and Irrigation and Flood Control Departments||Shri Dawcho Lepcha|
|Tourism, Forest Environment and Wildlife Management, Mines, Minerals and Geology and Science and Technology Departments||Shri Bhim Prasad Dhungel|
|Buildings and Housing Department||Smt. Tilu Gurung|
|Commerce and Industries, Information and Public Relations, Printing and Stationary and Excise (Abkari) Department||Km. Neeru Sewa|
Rajya Sabha Members from Sikkim
|Shri Hishey Lachungpa||Sikkim Democratic Front||24/02/2012 to 23/02/2018|
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of SikkimThe Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Sikkim is D. Anandnan, who is also the Head of the Information & Public Relations of the Tourism & Civil Aviation Department of the state. He is an IAS officer and presides over the Election Commission of the state as well as all the elections which take place all over the state.
Last Updated on July 16, 2015