The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) may have created a record of sorts by winning 67 seats out of the 70 in the Delhi assembly election, but the records that the Sikkim Sangram Parishad (SSP) and the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) created in 1989 and 2009, respectively, by winning all the 32 seats remain unbroken.
While the SSP led by Nar Bahadur Bhandari had created the record of 100 per cent sweep of the 32-member Sikkim Assembly in 1989, the feat was repeated 20 years later by Pawan Kumar Chamling’s SDF. Though Chamling continues to be the chief minister since 1994, the SDF’s strength came down to 22 in the 2014 Assembly polls.
Sikkim got its first elected government in 1979 with Darjeeling-educated former school teacher Bhandari launching the Sikkim Janata Parishad in 1977.
While Bhandari rechristened SJP as Sikkim Sangram Parishad (SSP) in 1984, the party continued in power and won all the 32 seats in the 1989 assembly elections.
Chamling’s SDF on the other hand captured power in 1994 within one year of its formation, and after winning the subsequent 1999 and 2004 elections, swept the 2009 election by capturing all the 32 seats.