Former Sikkim CM Nar Bahadur Bhandari passes away

Nar Bahadur Bhandari became the chief minister of Sikkim for the first time in 1979 on a Janata Parishad ticket and then again in 1984 and 1989 on a Sikkim Sangram Parishad ticket. The founder of the SSP, he remained the party president till his death.

By: PTI | Gangtok | Published:July 16, 2017 8:50 pm
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Nar Bahadur Bhandari, an obscure school teacher, who rose to become one of the longest-serving chief ministers of Sikkim, died on Sunday, state government sources said. Bhandari, a three-term former chief minister, was 77. He is survived by wife Dil Kumari Bhandari, a former MP, two daughters and a son. He breathed his last at a Delhi hospital this afternoon. Born in 1940 at Malbasey in West Sikkim, Bhandari was a teacher in a government school before he joined active politics.

He became the chief minister of the tiny Himalyan state for the first time in 1979 on a Janata Parishad ticket and then again in 1984 and 1989 on a Sikkim Sangram Parishad ticket. The founder of the SSP, Bhandari remained its president till his death.

Known as a pragmati and resilient leader, Bhandari was the second chief minister after L D Kazi to hold the reins of the fledgling state which officially became a part of the Indian Union in 1975. He was also a former president of Sikkim Pradesh Congress Committee.

Chief Minister Pawan Chamling condoled the death of Bhandari. “I am extremely sad and shocked to know about the untimely demise of Shri Nar Bahadur Bhandari. With his passing away, Sikkim has lost a worthy son of the soil whose contribution to the state and its people are unparalleld.”

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    Dr. T. Pulger
    Jul 17, 2017 at 10:57 pm
    He was a True Sikkimese and a Proud Sikkimese. We will all miss him a lot. May his soul rest in peace. Our heartfelt condolence and deepest sympathies to the bereaved family.
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    vickey
    Jul 16, 2017 at 9:58 pm
    True son of sikkimese - rest in peace sir
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    Gopal Chhetri
    Jul 16, 2017 at 9:37 pm
    An idol of the Himalayan State till date since teacherhood, politics and citizen life for their people left us. I was as a member attending the meeting for the want of recognition of Nepali language , who conveyed our demand and later included in eighth schedule of cons ution. Salute to this great personality.
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