Sikkim mourns for their Chief Minister
-By Sandeep Kr Rai
Nar Bahadur Bhandari, who became one of the longest (3 times) serving Chief Minister of Sikkim from 1979-1994 passed away on July 16 at New Delhi following cardiac arrest. The three term Chief Minister of Sikkim, Bhandari was 76.
People believe that with the demise of former Chief Minister, Bhandari, it was an end of an era. He was born on October 5, 1940 in Malbasey, West district of Sikkim. Before floating his political career, he was a school teacher and taught in different schools of Sikkim for 11 years.
Soon after the news of the former CM’s death, everyone was shocked on the sudden demise of and the whole Sikkim went into silence.
A 76 year old Bhandari was admitted for spinal problem at Primus Hospital, New Delhi. He underwent surgery a few weeks ago. However he suffered cardiac arrest and passed away around 4:30 pm. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister Rajnath Singh, Kiren Rijuji, Governor of Sikkim Shriniwas Patil, Chief Minister of Assam S. Sonowal and others offered their condolence to the bereaved family and prayed that the departed soul may rest in eternal peace. He is survived by his wife Dil Kumari Bhandari, a former MP, with two daughters and a son.