Chandan Kumar Sarkar passes away after cardiac arrest at Bongaigaon
Sarkar was 65 and is survived by wife, two sons and a daughter. Sarkar suffered a cardiac arrest Monday morning and was immediately rushed to a local hospital where he passed away.
Sarkar was elected to the legislative assembly thrice-1991, 2001 and 2011- from Abhayapuri South constituency and served as the irrigation minister in the third term of the Tarun Gogoi-led Congress government. Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) President Ripun Bora expressed shock at Sarkar's death and offered his deepest condolences to the bereaved family.
"I had held a meeting on the forthcoming panchayat elections only three days ago where he was present and had spoken to him even yesterday. It is a big loss for the Congress and during the bad times of the party, it was he along with Bhumidhar Barman who had played a pivotal role in maintaining the party's unity," Bora added.
An APCC delegation, led by Bora, has left for Bongaigaon to attend the last rites of the former minister. Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has also condoled Sarkar's death and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.
(With inputs from agencies.)