Guwahati: Sheikh Chand Mohammad, a prominent name in state politics who attained widespread popularity among the masses for his humility and honesty, especially in lower Assam areas, breathed his last at a Guwahati hospital in the wee hours on Saturday. The former Speaker of Assam Legislative Assembly (1979-1986) was 88 years and had been ailing for some time.
A former MLA of Borkhetri assembly constituency of present-day Nalbari district (earlier undivided Kamrup), the former Congress leader worked tirelessly for the uplift of the downtrodden sections of society. People belonging to his era still remember him as an honest politician and prominent social worker.
It was not about his constituency alone, Mohammad also raised his voice for the development of people in other parts of lower Assam, both in his capacity as a Speaker and MLA.
A lawyer by profession, Mohammad practised in the Gauhati High Court. He also served the Assam government as a lawyer in various capacities. As a lawyer, he was also known for his role a crusader of the underprivileged sections of society without even charging his nominal professional fees.
His body was cremated with full state honours at the Islampur Kabarstan in Guwahati on Saturday.
Earlier, the Assam government had announced to take full responsibility of his treatment. He was not keeping well for quite some time now and was undergoing treatment at his residence at Gandhi Basti in Guwahati. Later, he was shifted to a private hospital where he breathed his last.
Meanwhile, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and senior state minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, among others, condoled the death of the former politician.