Gangtok: Sikkim chief minister Pawan Chamling on Sunday said one of the biggest contributions of his 24-year-old rule had been the emotional integration of the people of the state with the rest of the country and other frontier states should learn from Sikkim
The erstwhile kingdom of Sikkim joined the Indian union in 1975.
Chamling was speaking to reporters at his official residence, Mintokgang, here where streams of Sikkim Democratic Front supporters poured in from early morning to congratulate him on becoming the longest-serving chief minister of the country.
Sikkim officially merged with India on May 16, 1975, but the 36 constitutional amendment making Sikkim the country’s 22nd state had come into effect on April 26 that year. Sikkim celebrates May 16 as its Statehood Day.