Guwahati: Former Assam chief minister Dr Bhumidhar Barman passed away at the age of 90 after prolonged illness.
He had been on ventilation at the ICU of Guwahati’s Dispur Hospital for the past many days.
On April 7, Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Ripun Bora and other senior Congress leaders had visited him.
In a statement, APCC had 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.
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).
His son, Diganta Barman is the Congress candidate from Barkhetry.