Assam

Former Assam Chief Minister Bhumidhar Barman passes away

GUWAHATI- Former Assam chief minister Bhumidhar Barman died on Sunday evening at a private hospital in Guwahati after a prolonged illness, his family said. He was 91.

Mr Barman, a veteran Congress leader, was a two-time chief minister of the state.

His first term as the chief minister lasted from April 22 to May 14, 1996 when his predecessor Hiteswar Saikia died.

He was again made the chief minister in 2010 when then CM Tarun Gogoi had gone to Mumbai for his heart surgery.

3-day state mourning

The government of Assam declares 3-day state mourning as a mark of respect to former Chief Minister Dr. Bhumidhar Barman who expired today. During this period the National flag will be flown half mast in all offices where it is flown regularly and no official entertainment will be held during this period. The funeral of the former Chief Minister Dr. Bhumidhar Barman will be done with full state honour.

Mr Barman was a minister in both Hiteswar Saikia and Tarun Gogoi governments, holding important portfolios like Health, Education and Revenue, among others.

The seven-term MLA was first elected to the Assam Assembly in 1967, as per the official records.

He represented Borkhetry in the Nalbari district for four terms.

His son Diganta Barman contested from the seat in 2016 and lost. He was also the Congress candidate from the seat this time.

Mr Barman was also the two-time MLA of Nalbari West, and once won the election from Dharmapur.

In a message , Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal  said ” My sincere condolences to his bereaved family members and well-wishers. Om shanti.

Assam Helath Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also Condoled Barman’s death.  ” I have fond memories of his guidance and affection, starting with my early political career. He leaves behind a rich legacy of good politics & work. We shall miss him”  Minister said.

 

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