Ex-Assam minister BK Phukan dead | Latest News India - Hindustan Times
close_game
close_game

Ex-Assam minister BK Phukan dead

None | ByPress Trust of India, New Delhi
Mar 20, 2006 09:53 PM IST

Fifty-year-old Phukan, who died following multiple organ failure, is survived by his wife and a daughter.

Bhrigu Kumar Phukan, former Assam Home Minister and a leading figure of the students agitation in eighties in the state, died in New Delhi on Monday night.

HT Image
HT Image

Fifty-year-old Phukan, who died following multiple organ failure, is survived by his wife and a daughter.

HT launches Crick-it, a one stop destination to catch Cricket, anytime, anywhere. Explore now!

Phukan, who was Assam's Home Minister in first Asom Gana Parishad government (1985-90), was brought to Delhi about three weeks back for treatment after his condition deteriorated after lung infections and liver ailments.

He was later admitted to the ICU of the AIIMS and was under life support system for last six days.

Born at Sibsagar in Upper Assam on April 25, 1956, Phukan led the six-year-old agitation (1979-85) against illegal migrants as general secretary of All Assam Students' Union along with former chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta.

Mahanta was the president of the influential student body.

Phukan was one of the signatories of historic Assam Accord between the AASU and the Union Government on April 15, 1985.

Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was another signatory of the Accord.

After the Accord, the AASU leaders formed the AGP and subsequently formed the regional party government headed by Mahanta.

However, after differences with Mahanta, Phukan left the AGP along with former Union Minister late Dinesh Goswami and others and formed Natun Asom Gana Parishad in 1991.

He rejoined the parent party before 1996 Assembly elections.

He was elected to the state Assembly for three consecutive times from 1985 to 2001 from Jalukbari constitunecy in Guwahati. However, in 2001 he lost the elections.

His body will be flown to Guwahati for last rites on Tuesday.

Discover the complete story of India's general elections on our exclusive Elections Product! Access all the content absolutely free on the HT App. Download now!

Get Current Updates on India News, Elections 2024, Election 2024 Date along with Latest News and Top Headlines from India and around the world.
SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Share this article
SHARE
Story Saved
Live Score
OPEN APP
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Sunday, April 21, 2024
Start 14 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Follow Us On