Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling becomes the longest serving Chief Minister of the Country on Saturday by breaking the record of the former West Bengal Chief Minister Jyoti Basu.
In his message, the CM has dedicated this landmark of becoming the longest-serving Chief Minister of the Country to the people of Sikkim.
“As I cross a personal milestone, I would like to remember fondly all those who have been a part of this journey of more than two decades. First and foremost, my heartfelt gratitude goes to the people of Sikkim for reposing their faith in me by giving their mandate for five record consecutive terms. It is due to their support and co-operation that I have the honour of becoming the longest- serving Chief Minister of the Country on 29th April, 2018,” Chamling said in a statement.
On this momentous occasion, I also offer my homage to Late Jyoti Basu ji, a great statesman for whom I have the highest respects and whose record stint as Chief Minister, I am fortunate to surpass, said Chamling.
He said that with pro-poor and pro-people policies, Sikkim in more than 23 years his governance has seen rapid and unprecedented development in all spheres.
“In the 23 years 4 months and 17 days (which I complete on 29th April, 2018) in Office as the Chief Minister, I have worked with utmost sincerity and commitment. All these years have been spent working relentlessly and tirelessly for the State and the people. I have never taken a day off from my duties, often forgoing my personal commitments. And I am happy that the hard work has borne excellent results, with Sikkim witnessing rapid and unprecedented development in all spheres,” he said.
Sikkim as a poverty-free state is at the top of the ladder in the Country with regard to education, health and rural development, he said.
“Our eco-friendly tourism policy has transformed Sikkim into a renowned and most sought-after tourist destination. Starting of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra through Nathula in 2015 is another accomplishment that will aid in promoting tourism in the state,” said the chief minister.