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Former Sikkim chief minister Nar Bahadur Bhandari dies at 77

Nar Nahadur Bhandari completed his BA degree from Darjeeling Government College and worked as a school teacher for some years before joining politics. Photograph: (ANI)

ANI New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 16, 2017, 07.55 PM (IST)

Former Sikkim chief minister Nar Bahadur Bhandari died at a hospital in Delhi at the age of 77 on Sunday.

A three-time former chief minister, Bhandari is survived by his wife and former Member of Parliament Dil Kumari Bhandari, two daughters and a son.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled his demise, saying his contribution towards Sikkim's progress will always be remembered.
 

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Current Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rjiju, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu also expressed their grief on Twitter.

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Born in 1940 at Malbasey in West Sikkim, Bhandari completed his BA degree from Darjeeling Government College and worked as a school teacher for some years before joining politics.

In 1984, he also served briefly as Member of Parliament from Sikkim constituency in the eighth Lok Sabha as an independent candidate.

He became the chief minister of Sikkim for the first time in 1979 and then again in 1984 and 1989. 

(ANI)

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