Guwahati: Former Assam chief minister Dr Bhumidhar Barman is stable but on ventilation at the ICU of Guwahati’s Dispur Hospital.

According to reports, the veteran Congress leader has been in the hospital for the past 20 days. On Wednesday, Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Ripun Bora and other senior Congress leaders visited him.

In a statement, APCC said, “Dr Barman has responded to people talking to him and is fine although he is in ICU. We wish him speedy recovery.”

The 90-year-old Congressman held the CM’s chair twice. Once for a brief period between April 22, 1996 and May 14, 1996, after the death of then CM Hiteshwar Saikia. He held the post again in 2010, when the then CM Tarun Gogoi was on leave on medical grounds.

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A graduate from Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh in 1958, Dr Barman was first elected to the Assam assembly in 1967. He was an MLA for seven terms (twice from Nalbari West, once from Dharmapur and four terms from Barkhetry).

Currently, his son, Diganta Barman is the Congress candidate from Barkhetry.

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