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
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.
Saddened to learn about the demise of former Chief Minister of Assam Dr. Bhumidhar Barman.
My sincere condolences to his bereaved family members and well-wishers. Om shanti. pic.twitter.com/Zj1SkRPZ1Y
— Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) April 18, 2021
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.
Today we lost a stalwart of Assam politics – former CM and 7-time MLA Late Bhumidhar Barman.
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.
My condolences. pic.twitter.com/mtvJHQWAI2
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) April 18, 2021