Former Assam CM Bhumidhar Barman cremated with state honours


GUWAHATI: Former Assam chief minister and veteran Congress leader Dr. Bhumidhar Barman was cremated with full state honours on Tuesday at his native village in Nalbari district.

The last rites of Dr. Barman were performed near the Singimari Bhakatram Pukhuri at Belsor.

Attending the funeral, Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal paid his tributes to 

former chief minister Barman.

“Offered my last respect to former Chief Minister Dr. Bhumidhar Barman at his funeral today. Extended deepest condolences to the bereaved family members and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul. Om Shanti,” Sonowal tweeted.

Dr. Barman’s son Diganta Barman lit the funeral pyres in the presence of thousands of party workers and well-wishers of the prominent leader. Diganta Barman is the Congress candidate for the Barkhetry constituency in the recently-concluded assembly elections.

Dr. Barman, a seven-time MLA breathed his last on Sunday.

Born on October 12, 1931 at Belsor, Barman graduated from Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh in 1956. He was first elected as an MLA from Nalbari West constituency in 1967.

Dr. Barman was re-elected in 1972 from the same constituency.

In 1983, the prominent Congress leader was elected from Dharmapur.

Later he became MLA from Barkhetry in 1991, 2001, 2006 and 2011.

The senior Congress leader served as the chief minister of Assam for a brief period—from April 22, 1996 to May 14, 1996.

Due to old age, Dr. Barman didn’t contest the elections in 2016.

Dr. Barman had served in several important positions both in the government and Congress party.