Sikkim Democratic Front
ChairpersonPawan Kumar Chamling
Lok Sabha LeaderPrem Das Rai
Rajya Sabha LeaderHishey Lachungpa
Founded4 March 1993
HeadquartersS.D.F Bhawan, Indira Byepass Gangtok, Sikkim
IdeologyDemocratic socialism
Political positionCentre-left to Left-wing
ECI StatusState Party[1]
AllianceNEDA, NDA
Seats in Lok Sabha
1 / 545
Seats in Rajya Sabha
1 / 245
Seats in Sikkim Legislative Assembly
21 / 32

Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) is a regional political party in the North East Indian state of Sikkim.


The party was founded by Pawan Kumar Chamling in 1993. It has ruled the Sikkim state since 1994 with Pawan Kumar Chamling as the chief minister. The party consolidated its position sweeping the 1999 and 2004 state elections. It won 31 of the 32 assembly seats in the 2004 election.[2] In the 2009 assembly election, the party made a clean sweep, winning all 32 seats. It also retained the lone Lok Sabha seat.[3] In 2014 assembly elections, SDF won 22 seats and retained power.

In May 2016, after the BJP led NDA formed its first government in Assam, a new alliance called the North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) was formed with BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma as its convener.[4] The Chief Ministers of the north eastern states of Sikkim, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland too belong to this alliance. Thus, the Sikkim Democratic Front joined the NDA led NEDA.[5]

Frontal Organisation

List of Chief Minister

No Name Term Tenure
1 Pawan Kumar Chamling
MLA form Namchi-Singhithang
12 December 1994 Incumbent 10716 Days

See also


  1. ^ "List of Political Parties and Election Symbols main Notification Dated 18.01.2013" (PDF). India: Election Commission of India. 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 October 2010. Retrieved 1 October 2010. ((cite web)): Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (|url-status= suggested) (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Election Commission of India - Sikkim Assembly Elections
  3. ^ Election Results 2009
  4. ^ "Sikkim CM wants BJP chief to step in".
  5. ^