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Sikkim: 5 October declared state holiday to honor former CM Atal Bhandari

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The Chief Minister PS Golay on the occasion of the book release ceremony of Late Nar Bahadur Bhandari “Atal Bhandari” announced 5th October as a state holiday to honour the birth of the former Chief Minister.

A statue in memory of the second longest-serving CM would be constructed in the State, along with his various literary works making it to the libraries of schools and colleges across the State.

This was announced at the book release function of “Atal Bhandari” which had the attendance of Governor of Sikkim, Ganga Prasad as the chief guest alongside CM Golay, cabinet members, MLAs and Former MP Dil Kumari Bhandari, spouse of former CM Lt NB Bhandari.

Chief Minister of Sikkim Prem Singh Tamang, Speaker of Sikkim Legislative Assembly LB Das, Cabinet Ministers, MLAs, invitees from around the country, officials of State Government and others were present in the launch of Smriti Granth on Late Bhandari “Atal Bhandari” in the function.

He highlighted several achievements of Lt. Bhandari during his three terms as Chief Minister of Sikkim and urged everyone to carry forward the legacy left behind by him in his quest to make Sikkim a vibrant State in the country.

He also announced that the book which was released on Tuesday would also be brought by the state government and distributed to schools and colleges so that the legacy of the great man could live on.

The Chief Minister said that it was an irreplaceable loss especially for the cause of Nepali-speaking people, his most notable contribution being the inclusion of the Nepali language in 8th Schedule of the Constitution of India.

Talking about the personal experiences he shared with the former CM, the Chief Minister stated that he was not just a great politician but a great human being as well.

He also talked about his long association with Lt. Nar Bahadur Bhandari and elucidated on how he was always a support, guide and guardian to the Chief Minister through all these years.

Stating that he played a big role in the change which took place in the state after 25 years, Golay thanked Lt Bhandari for his immense contributions to Sikkim and the Sikkimese people and said that he will always be remembered throughout the history of Sikkim and sentiments of the Sikkimese people.

Dil Kumari Bhandari started her address by chanting prayers and thanking all those who came to witness the event remembering Nar Bahadur Bhandari in the auspicious day of Buddha Purnima. She said that Nar Bahadur Bhandari contributed much to unite linguistic and cultural diversity in making Nepali Language as one of the official languages in the Indian Constitution.

She also highlighted about the various contributions of Lt Nar Bahadur Bhandari in various sectors such as education, water, electricity etc and further added that he stood tall with pride to serve the Sikkimese people even till his last days.

D.K.Bhandari thanked the Governor, Chief Minister and the entire state government machinery for making the event such a successful one and thanked each one present.

At least 54 invited eminent literary personalities who contributed in the book, ‘Atal Bhandari’ were also felicitated by the dignitaries on the dias during the occasion.

Earlier the programme started with the lighting of lamps and offering of khadas to the picture of Lt. Nar Bahadur Bhandari by the Chief Guest and Guest in Honour which was followed by the presentation of a documentary on his life by Chunilal Ghimeray and group. An address was also given by the editor of the newly released book by Arjun Piyush with evaluation and perspectives given by Prof Deepak Tiwari.

Remanti Rai also presented a song (Ganesh Bandana) with the welcome address being proposed by Manisha Bhandari. The vote of thanks was proposed by General Secretary of N.B.Bhandari Memoir Release Committee Chunilal Ghimirey.


Source: TNT

Updated by: News Sources 2019-07-17 5:35 PM