Nar Bahadur Bhandari, the former chief minister of Sikkim who served the state from 1979 to 1994, died at a Delhi hospital on 16 July 2017. He was 77.
He is survived by his wife Dil Kumari Bhandari, a former member of parliament (Lok Sabha) from Sikkim, two daughters and a son.
Nar Bahadur Bhandari
• Born on 5 October 1940 at Malbasey in Sikkim, Bhandari was serving a government school as a teacher before joining the active politics.
• He became the Chief Minister of Sikkim for the first time in 1979 on a Sikkim Janata Parishad ticket, a party founded by him in 1977.
• In 1984, he dissolved the Sikkim Janata Parishad and formed a new party known as Sikkim Sangram Parishad (SSP). In 1885 and 1989, he became Chief Minister of the state on the ticket of SSP. He remained the President of SSP until his death.
• He was also a former president of Sikkim Pradesh Congress Committee.
• Bhandari was the first Gorkha to ever hold the office of a Chief Minister in the history of Indian Polity. He took the oath as the Chief Minister of Sikkim on 18th of October, 1979.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief on the death of former Chief Minister of Sikkim Nar Bahadur Bhandari. In a tweet, Modi said, his contribution towards Sikkim’s progress will always be remembered.