Signatory to Sikkim Tripartite Accord Agreement dead
File image: May 8, 1976 Agreement

Gangtok: T T Lepcha, who was one of the signatories of the historic Sikkim Tripartite agreement in 1973, died on Wednesday at his residence in Chungthang in North Sikkim. He was 86.

Lepcha was elected twice from Lachen-Mangshila constituency.

Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang mourned the demise of the octogenarian leader.

“I express my deepest condolence on the demise of former MLA and extend my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family, relatives and friends and pray for the departed soul to rest in eternal peace,” he said in a social media post.

This is the Golden Jubilee year of the 8th May Tripartite Agreement signed between erstwhile Chogyal Palden Thondup Namgyal, representing the Kingdom of Sikkim, Foreign Affairs Secretary Kewal Singh, representing the Indian government, and three political parties of Sikkim – Sikkim Janta Congress, Sikkim National Congress and Sikkim National Party. Based on the agreement, Sikkim merged with India on April 26, 1975.

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