Former Assam minister, IMDT Act architect Abdul Muhib Mazumdar passes away
Former Assam minister Abdul Muhib Mazumder breathed his last at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in Guwahati around 8.15 am on November 3. He was 89. The last rites will be performed on Wednesday evening.
A well-known lawyer and architect of the controversial Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunal) Act 1983, Mazumdar was undergoing treatment in the GMCH for the past month.
Mazumder was first elected to the state assembly from the No 6 Hailakandi constituency in 1983 on a Congress ticket and went on to win in 1985 as well. In 1996 he won as Independent and again in 2011 on a Congress ticket after returning to the party.
Mazumdar was a cabinet minister from the United People's Party of Assam (UPPA), a party he had founded after leaving the Congress in the 1990s, in the Asom Gana Parishad-led alliance government under chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta from 1996 to 2001.
In his illustrious political career, Mazumdar held many portfolios and posts – be it in the party or others. From being the deputy leader of the Opposition (1985-1991) and vice chairman of State Planning Board, member of the State Security Commission, vice president of Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC), chairman APCC Minority Cell to adviser to the Minority Department of APCC, Mazumdar wore many a hat during his heyday.
In addition to politics, Mazumder also authored his autobiography “Down the memory” in four volumes.
Condoling the statesman’s death, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “Mazumdar’s contribution to the state will be remembered forever. Sarma also conveyed his deep sympathy to the bereaved family members and prayed to the Almighty for eternal peace of the departed soul.
Terming him as a legal luminary, APCC president Bhupen Kumar Borah tweeted, “… We sent our condolences to the bereaved family. May the most benevolent Allah bestow Jannat ul Firdaus to the departed soul,” said Borah.
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