Monday, July 30, 2007


Sikkims first Chief Minister and a veteran leader who led Sikkim into Democracy passed away in Kalimpong.LENDUP DORJEE KHANGSHARPA popularly known as L. D. Kazi, was born in 1904 in Pakyong East District. He was the fonder President of Sikkim Praja Mandal, which was established in 1946. He was the first man to advocate the theory of one person one vote in the state.L. D. Kazi and some other like minded people formed a party called Sikkim State Congress in 1947, with a view to form Democratic form of Government in Sikkim. He remained the president of the party from 1953 to 1958. He became the 1st Chief Minister of Sikkim on 14 MAY, 1975 - 17 AUGUST, 1979.

He was 103 years old and he was under treatment and his condition was stable since a week. Chief Minister Dr. Pawan Chamling soon after hearing the demise of first Chief of Sikkim rushed to Kalimpong to pay last tribute to the former CM. Shri Kazi was the first Chief Minister soon after the merger of Sikkim in 1975 and he is considered the architect of the merger of Sikkim into Indian Union. With his passing away, an era of Sikkim history is ended.

3rd August 2007(friday) is declared holiday ,as a mark of respect to the late leader .

(news and information sourced from the net.)

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