Guwahati: The government of Assam declared three-day state mourning as a mark of respect to former Chief Minister Dr Bhumidhar Barman who expired on Saturday.
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 body of former Chief Minister Dr. Bhumidhar Barman will be cremated with full state honour.
The veteran Congress leader was hospitalized on March 13 due to old-age ailments and breathed his last today at 6:20 pm.
The 91-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.
During his illustrious career in politics, Barman had been elected to the Assam Legislative Assembly seven times.
He also held the important portfolios of revenue and health and family welfare as a cabinet minister.
Following his demise, Assam Pradesh Congress Committee expresses its deep condolences at the demise of veteran Congress leader Dr Bhumidhar Barman.
APCC President Sri Ripun Bora has also extended his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members of late Dr Barman and wished that the departed soul will rest in eternal peace, informed Bobbeeta Sharma, Chairperson Media Dept, Assam Pradesh Congress Committee.
Meanwhile, AICC General Secretary-in- charge Assam Jitendra Singh has expressed his heartfelt condolences at the demise of veteran Congress leader Dr Bhumidhar Barman who was like a guiding light for Assam Congress.
Singh spoke to late Dr Barman’s son Sri Diganta Barman over the phone to express his sorrow at the irreparable loss and said that the Congress party would always revere the contributions of his father to the state of Assam and the Congress party, stated Bobbeeta Sharma in a press statement.