GANGTOK, Nov 28 - The first session of the 10th Sikkim Legislative Assembly commenced today. Assembly Speaker LB Das administered a pledge to the MLAs to commemorate the 70th anniversary of adoption of the Constitution of India.
The Speaker informed the House that a nationwide campaign had been launched on November 26, which would culminate with the birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar on April 14 next year. The House later paid tribute to former legislators, late Indra Bahadur Rai, who passed away in October, 2019, and late Tara Man Rai, who died in August, 2019.
Speaker Das in his obituary reference remembered late Indra Bahadur Rai as a veteran politician and a statesman, and stated that with his passing away, Sikkim has lost a worthy son. In the reference to late Tara Man Rai, the Speaker called him a mature politician, a seasoned litterateur and an accomplished social worker.
Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang also paid homage to the two late leaders. After the obituary references, the House observed two minutes of silence as a mark of respect to the departed souls.
During the financial business, the Chief Minister, who is also the minister in charge of the Finance Department, presented the first supplementary demands for grants for the financial year 2019-20. Discussion and voting on the supplementary demands for grants will take place on Friday.