Sukhram was born on July 27, 1927, in a poor family in Kotli village, Mandi district. He is one of 10 children to parents. He completed his education with great difficulty and started his career as a lawyer. Mandi first entered politics by practicing as a lawyer in the district court and won from Mandi in 1963. Until 1984 he represented the same constituency five times in a row as an MLA. Mandi later won the 1984 general election as an MP from a parliamentary seat.
Sukhram served as the Union Minister of Telecommunications from 1993-1996. During his tenure as the Minister of Animal Husbandry in Himachal Pradesh, he helped in importing cows from Germany and increasing the income of the farmers of the state. He was first elected to the Lok Sabha in 1984 and served as a junior minister in the Rajiv Gandhi government. Sukh Ram was the Assistant Minister for Defense Products, Supplies, Planning and Food.
His son Anil Sharma contested and won the Assembly in 1993 while Sukh Ram Mandi was representing Parliament. PV Narsimha Rao, who won the 1996 elections as an MP, faced allegations of corruption when he was the Communications Minister in the Cabinet. He was sentenced in 2011 to five years in prison in the case. Sukhram and his son were expelled from Congress on corruption charges. With this, a new party was formed under the name of Himachal Vikas Congress.
He joined the government in alliance with the BJP in 98 elections. In the same year, Sukhram contested from Mandi Sadar Assembly constituency and won by a huge majority. His son Anil Sharma was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 1998. But he rejoined the Congress before the 2004 Lok Sabha elections. However, before the 2017 Assembly elections, he rejoined the BJP along with his son Anil Sharma and grandson Ashray Sharma. Anil Sharma was re-elected as BJP MLA from Mandi. But, before the 2019 elections, Sukhram came back to the Congress Gooty with his grandson Ashray Sharma.
Mandi Kanchukota for the Sukhram family. Sukhram and his son have been winning MLAs since 1963, except twice, until 2017. Bollywood superstar Salman Khan’s sister’s devoted husband Aayush Sharma Sukhram is another grandson.