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Former Sikkim Chief Minister Sanchaman Limboo was cremated with full state honours on Tuesday.
Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) paid rich tribute to his predecessor by laying a wreath and offering prayers at the latter’s native place at Hee Gaon.
“With his demise, Sikkim has lost not only a perfect gentleman but also a leader of the masses. I extend my heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family, friends, well-wishers and supporters in this moment of grief,” Golay said.
Those who attended the cremation include the Deputy Speaker of the Sikkim Legislative Assembly, ministers, MLAs, MPs, the Political Secretary to the CM, advisors, chairpersons, retired Army personnel, officials and other prominent dignitaries.
Paying his tribute former CM and SDF Supremo Pawan Chamling said, “His contribution as Minister and Chief Minister of Sikkim will remain immortal. He was a brilliant linguist, and his contribution to the development of the Limboo language will forever remain immortalised. He was a proud recipient of a National Award for his work in the Limboo language and literature. His passing away has made Sikkim poorer, and it is needless to say that the vacuum will remain unfilled forever”.
Limboo was a prominent political leader who served the state as the fourth chief minister for six months from June 17, 1994, to December 12, 1994.
During his tenure as a politician, Limboo was the recipient of several awards including the Tamra Patra Award in 1984, Sikkim Samman Award in 2004, the Golden Award by the Citizen Forum of Nepal in 2006 and the Sikkim Sewa Ratna Award in 2012 for his contributions in various aspects of state’s development.
(Edited by Andre Kongri)