With today's development, former Sikkim chief minister Pawan Kumar Chamling's SDF is left only with 5 MLAs in the 32-member Assembly. In the recently held Assembly elections, the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) won 17 seats while the SDF won 15 seats.
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"These ex-ministers, besides a former SDF leader Prem Karki, have had nowhere to go after leaving the parent party...it will have no bearing on the ruling party electorally or otherwise, now or ever," the SDF spokesperson KT Gyaltsen told PTI.
A meeting of the SDF leadership here, without naming anyone, hoped that peace would return to the Darjeeling hills soon and demands of the Gorkha people would be fulfilled. The Sikkim Assembly had, on March 29, 2011, passed a resolution in favour of Gorkhaland.