Chief Minister of Sikkim scripted history in India by becoming the longest serving Chief Minister of the country. Chamling surpassed the record held by Jyoti Basu as the longest-serving Chief Minister of India. Meanwhile, Dr Raman Singh of Chhattisgarh, who is the longest-serving CM from the BJP and Naveen Patnaik, Odisha’s longest-serving CM—are in the race to clinch fourth and fifth terms in their states.

67-year-old CM of Sikkim Chamling has been at the helm of Sikkim since 1994 while Basu held the Chief Ministerial post in West Bengal from 1977 to 2000. Chamling is set to take the record to another distance given that there is still one year more to go in his fifth term as the Chief Minister of Sikkim.

According to a total evaluation study conducted by the Planning Commission in 2013, Sikkim emerged with the best performing gram panchayats. Under Pawan Chamling’s reign, this state has acquired number one position in the country in terms of schools, sanitary complexes, and Anganwadi centres.