In the last Assembly, the SDF controlled all seats, with the Congress losing its seats and the BJP being unable to consolidate its votes in Southern Sikkim. In fact, in 2014, this state saw an unusual BJP-Congress-CPI(M) alliance to unseat the SDF, which failed spectacularly. However, with the split in the SDF and the strong performance of the SKM, Chamling will have to watch his back.
Sikkim politics is still very local and largely untouched by national politics. However, that does not make it any less interesting!