On 29th April 2018, Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling surpassed the record of former West Bengal Chief Minister Jyoti Basu as the longest serving Chief Minister of any Indian state.
- Jyoti Basu was Chief Minister of West Bengal for 23 years from 21st June 1977 till 6th November 2000.
- Pawan Kumar Chamling became Chief Minister of Sikkim on 12th December 1994. He completed his 24th year as Sikkim Chief Minister on 29th April 2018.
- He entered politics in 1973. He became a member of the Legislative Assembly in 1985.
- He founded Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) in 1993. He formed the state government in 1994.
A Bhanu Puraskar (2010) awarded poet with pen name ‘Kiran’ and father of four sons and four daughters from two wives, Chamling joined politics in 1973 and became member of the Legislative Assembly in 1985. He founded SDF in 1993 and formed the state government next year toppling the 179-day government of Sanchaman Limboo.