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Former Sikkim CM BB Gurung no more, 7 days mourning announced

Former Chief Minister of Sikkim BB Gurung is no more. Gurung breathed his last at 6 this morning aged 92 years. It may be mentioned here that Gurung was the

Former Chief Minister of Sikkim BB Gurung is no more. Gurung breathed his last at 6 this morning aged 92 years. It may be mentioned here that Gurung was the third chief minister of SIkim and held office for 13 days in May, 1984 – the shortest term to be held by a chief minister in Sikkim.

Gurung’s political career commenced with his membership of the Sikkim Rajya Congress, which had been formed in December 1947, and of which he was to become General Secretary in 1958. In 1967, Gurung was elected Executive Councillor by L.D. Kazi’s Sikkim Rashtriya Congress and remained in the party until 1971.

He was a very strong supporter of the democratic movement in Sikkim. After Sikkim merged with India in 1975, Gurung was elected in the 1st Vidhan Sabha in 1977 as a candidate of the Sikkim National Congress. Consequently, he was appointed speaker of the Sikkim Legislative Assembly in 1977 and he remained speaker until 1979. In May 1984, Nar Bahadur Bhandari’s government was dismissed by then-governor Homi J. H. Taleyarkhan. Shortly thereafter, Gurung was sworn in as the third Chief Minister of Sikkim. However, due to lack of support and instability, Gurung’s government was dissolved and a presidential system implemented in the state.

Meanwhile, the Sikkim government has announced a 7 day mourning for the deceased Chief Minister.

First Published: 28th March, 2022 16:02 IST



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