Prem Singh Tamang officially begins his second term as CM with oath-taking ceremony in Sikkim

Prem becomes the chief minister for a second term in a row.

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Prem Singh Tamang, the leader of the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha, was sworn in as the state's chief minister for a second term in a row on Monday. During the swearing-in event at Paljor Stadium, Governor Lakshman Prasad Acharya administered the oath of office and secrecy to Prem Singh Tamang and his Council of Ministers. In the Himalayan state, Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) won 31 of the 32 seats, sweeping the assembly elections, while the opposition Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) only secured one seat.

Second term in cards

Tamang praised everyone who supported the party's return to power and referred to the party's victory as a "record," noting that the state had apparently witnessed the most peaceful election in Sikkim. "We will follow through on every promise we made throughout the election season in five years. I want to thank all of my employees for their hard work. I also want to thank the general public. "This is a record-breaking peaceful election in Sikkim," he declared.

Tamang defeated Som Nath Poudyal of the SDF by a margin of more than 7,396 votes in the election for the Rhenock Assembly seat. In Sikkim, the first phase of voting for 32 assembly seats took place on April 19, in tandem with the Lok Sabha elections. This is the third occasion that a political party has won a landslide in Sikkim; the previous two instances were the victories of Sikkim Sangram Parishad and SDF in 1989 and 2009, respectively.

The SKM won 17 seats in the 2019 assembly elections, while the SDF took home 15 of the 32 available seats. In 2014, SKM held its maiden assembly elections and won 10 seats. It is interesting to note that SKM teamed up with the BJP-led NDA in 2019 before the assembly elections, but in the end, they broke out and SKM ran the 2019 elections by herself.

Apart from Prem, As ministers in the Sikkim administration, Sonam Lama, Arun Upreti, Samdup Lepcha, Bhim Hang Limboo, Bhoj Raj Rai, GT Dhungel, Purun Kumar Gurung, and Pintsho Namgyal Lepcha also swore in.

Lok Sabha Elections

Earlier on Sunday, leaders from India's neighboring countries attended an outstanding ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan, where Narendra Modi took the oath of office as prime minister for his third consecutive term. Narendra Modi took the oath of office from President Droupadi Murmu, who was followed by other ministers in his team.