Sikkim was the last princely state to be annexed to the Union of India in 1975. Until then it was ruled by the Chogyals while India (after independence) controlled its external affairs, diplomacy and most importantly defence. The monarchs of Sikkim were forced to annex their state because of the brewing dissent among the common man. Sikkim formally became a part of India after the Indian Army took over Gangtok in early 1975. The same year there was a referendum after which monarchy was abolished. Ever since Sikkim became part of India, the state has largely seen positive development which has further been boosted under the able leadership of Pawan Chamling, the present chief minister. There have been several other politicians too who have amply contributed in Sikkim’s development. In this article we will take a look at some of the parliamentarians who have helped Sikkim in more than one ways.
Nar Bahadur Bhandari
Nar Bahadur Bhandari is a popular leader in Sikkim. He was the chief minister of the state from 1979 and got re-elected a couple of times again. In the year 1977, he had formed a political party – Sikkim Janata Parishad to stand against Congress rule. It was with the support of this party that he became the second CM of Sikkim in 1979. In between state politics, he also spent a brief time at the Lok Sabha in 1984 when he won seat as an Independent candidate.
Dil Kumari Bhandari
The wife of Nar Bahadur Bhandari, Dil Kumari Bhandari represented the state in the Lower House of Parliament twice. She first entered Parliament in 1985 and again in 1991. Her most significant contribution was the inclusion of Nepali in the Eighth Schedule of the constitution.
Nakul Das Rai
Nakul Das Rai was a Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) representing Sikkim from 2004 to 2009. He was elected on a Sikkim Democratic Front ticket. In 2014, he had unsuccessfully contested the election on a Trinamool Congress ticket.
Prem Das Rai
Prem Das Rai is the incumbent Lok Sabha member from Sikkim. He has the distinction of being the first MP to have Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-K) and Indian Institute of Management (IIM-A) degrees. He is one of the key members of Sikkim Democratic Front and has been responsible in shaping Sikkim’s current socio-economic condition.
Lachungpa is the incumbent Member of Rajya Sabha for Sikkim. Before entering national politics, he was a three-time member of the state legislative assembly. During those years (1994 to 2009) he had also held ministerial positions.