Gangtok, 28 March:
Sikkim today morning woke up with the very sad news of demise of B B Goorong, the third Chief Minister of Sikkim who was born on 11th October 1929 at Chakhung village in West Sikkim.
The former Chief Minister of Sikkim B.B. Gooroong passed away this morning at his residence in 5th Mile, Gangtok at the age of 93 years. He is survived by two sons, a daughter, and grandchildren. The funeral will take place on 30th March 2022 in Rumtek.
Late Bhim Bahadur Gooroong served the State as the third Chief Minister of Sikkim from 11th May to 24th May in 1984. He was born on 11th October 1929 at Chakhung in West Sikkim. He matriculated from St. Roberts School in Darjeeling. After his graduation from the University of Calcutta, he served as a teacher from 1953 to 1955. For a short period of time, he also worked as a staff reporter for the Calcutta-based newspaper Amrita Bazar Patrika. He also edited the first news-based Nepali Journal of Sikkim, called Kanchenjunga.
Late B.B. Gooroong was a very strong supporter of the democratic movement in the State and has been instrumental in establishing democracy in Sikkim since the commencement of his political career in 1947 as a member of the Sikkim Rajya Congress Party.
In 1967, Late Gooroong was elected from the Sikkim Rashtriya Congress and was appointed as Executive Councillor by the Chogyal of Sikkim and remained so until 1971.
After Sikkim merged with India in 1975, Late Gooroong was elected in the 1st Vidhan Sabha in 1977 as a candidate of the Sikkim National Congress. Consequently, he was appointed as the Speaker of the Sikkim Legislative Assembly in 1977 and he remained in the post until 1979.
Late Gooroong also held the distinction of being the first Sikkimese politician to win simultaneously from two constituencies, Chakung and Jorethang, in the 1979 general elections.
In May 1984, Nar Bahadur Bhandari’s government was dismissed by then-governor Homi J. H. Taleyarkhan. Shortly thereafter, Late Gooroong was sworn in as the third Chief Minister of Sikkim and was in office for 13 days.
In the year 1993, Late Gooroong joined the Sikkim Democratic Front formed under the leadership of Pawan Kumar Chamling and served as Chief Political Advisor. After the formation of the SDF government in 1994, Late Gooroong was appointed as the Chief Political Advisor and he held the office until 2013.
After the 2014 election, Late Gooroong disassociated himself from active politics but was vocal about his support for Sikkim Krantikari Morcha led by Shri Prem Singh Tamang.
Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang, in his condolence message, has recalled his long association with Late Gooroong as a guardian and has said that the State will remain indebted to the former Chief Minister for his valuable contributions in the socio-political development in the State of Sikkim. The State has lost a true democrat and a pro-people politician today that has truly left a void that cannot be filled, he has expressed.
Meanwhile, on the first day of the Sixth Session of the Tenth Assembly (Budget Session 2022-23) of Sikkim Legislative Assembly today, the House observed a two-minute silence on the passing away of former Chief Minister of Sikkim B.B. Gooroong.
The House was adjourned for the day after observing two-minute silence and will meet on 29th March, 2022 at 11 am. It was informed that the obituary references to Late B.B. Gooroong will be made on 1st April, 2022.
The state government has issued a notification declaring Seven days of mourning shall be observed from 28th March to 3 April 2022 on demise of former CM BB Gooroong.