Nar Bahadur Bhandari, a three-term former chief minister, is survived by his wife Dil Kumari Bhandari, a former MP, two daughters and a son,passed away at the age of 77 on Sunday. He breathed his last at a Delhi hospital Sunday afternoon.
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.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled his demise, saying his contribution towards Sikkim’s progress will always be remembered.