SDF returning to power in Sikkim

The SDF is all set to return to power in Sikkim for the third time in a row, with all the declared 22 seats out of the total 32 in its kitty.
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Published on May 13, 2004 08:56 PM IST
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PTI | ByPress Trust of India, Gangtok

Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) is all set to return to power in the Himalayan state for the third time in a row, with all the declared 22 seats out of the total 32 already in its kitty.

Besides veteran party leaders, new comers like Somnath Poudyal and Manita Thapa, also fared well.

Poudyal scripted an upset win over former chief minister and Congress heavyweight Nar Bahadur Bhandari in Central Pendam constituency by a comprehensive margin of 3455 votes. Bhandari, however, is also contesing from Gangtok seat, the result of which is yet to come out.

Manita Thapa defeated Bharat Basnet of the Congress at Loosing Pacheykhani by a margin of 2743 votes.

Chief Minister and SDF chief Pawan Chamling won uncontested from Damthing constituency. Three other SDF nominees also won without contest.

Congress, which contested in 28 seats, is yet to open its account.

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