Sikkim Chief Minister submits resignation

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Gangtok, May 19 (ANI): Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling on Tuesday submitted the resignation of his council of ministers to Governor B P Singh.

The Governor accepted the resignation and asked him to continue in his post till the formation of the next government.

Singh invited Chamling to form the next government on the basis of the majority being enjoyed by the ruling Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF).

The new SDF government led by Chamling will take oath on May 20. Preparations are underway for the hosting of the ceremony at the Raj Bhavan, the sources said.

Meanwhile, the outgoing assembly stands dissolved from today after the outgoing government recommended its dissolution to the Governor.

On Monday, party's all 32 MLAs met at Chamling's official residence, Mintokgang, and unanimously elected the 59 year-old Chamling the SDF Legislative Party leader.

First time MLA Neeru Sewa from West Pendam (SC) seat proposed a resolution for the election of the SDF President as the legislature party leader. Another MLA, C B Karki seconded it. All the other legislators supported it.

This will be Chamling's fourth successive term as Chief Minister of the state. (ANI)

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