First Governor of Sikkim dies
Gangtok | Sunday, Jan 6 2008 IST
B B Lal, the first constitutional head of Sikkim during the state's initial foray with democracy passed away late last night at Delhi. He was 91-year old. Lal had taken the helm of the affairs on May 16, 1975, of a new state which had just decided to merge with India Union thereby ending the monarchy. He had administered oath of office to the first government of Sikkim led by L.D.Kazi, the first chief minister of the state in 1975. Lal was the governor of Sikkim till 1981.
Following the demise of Lal, Sikkim government has declared a state holiday tomorrow and all government offices will remain closed as a mark of respect. One week state mourning has been announced and all official programmes have been kept in abeyance till this period.
Remembered as a gentle and ever smiling person, B B Lal was a keen sports enthusiast. It was under his term that the first All India Governor's Gold Cup football tournament was played in 1979.
The gold cup was donated by Lal himself.
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