Former Union minister BK Handique dies in Assam
Former Union minister and a six-time Lok Sabha member from Assam, Bijoy Krishna Handique died on Sunday at a hospital in his ancestral town Jorhat.
Handique, 81, was admitted to Jorhat Medical College and Hospital for respiratory problems on Saturday and shifted to the ICU later.
He died on Sunday afternoon, a hospital spokesperson said.
The veteran Congress leader, who was born in 1933, leaves behind his wife and three daughters.
Handique was the minister for mines and development of north eastern region in the UPA-II government.
He also held the portfolios of Union minister of state for defence, parliamentary affairs, mines, and chemicals and fertilizers during the tenure of the UPA-I government.
The senior politician from Assam had been elected to Lok Sabha from Jorhat for six consecutive terms since 1991.
He was also a member of Rajya Sabha from 1980 to 1985 and a member of several parliamentary committees.
Handique, first elected to the Assam assembly in 1972, became an AICC member in 1973 and Congress Working Committee member in 2002.
In the last Lok Sabha elections, he was defeated by BJP’s Kamakhya Prasad Tassa.