Former Assam MP Ismail Hussain passes away

By Staff Reporter,

Guwahati: Former MP and Assam minister Ismail Hussain passed away at the age of 65 after suffering from a prolonged illness in a private hospital in Guwahati on Friday.

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Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, in his condolence message, termed him to be man who always thought for the upliftment of the poor during his days as minister.

Hussain is survived by his wife Salina Begum, two sons and two daughters.

In 1991, Hussain was the state agriculture minister in the Hiteswar Saikia government. Again in 2001 he was in charge of irrigation and char Development departments.

“Hussain will be missed. His contribution to the state politics and his work for the development of the downtrodden of the state will be remembered,” said CM Gogoi in his condolence message.

Born in 1950 at Howly town in Barpeta district, Hussain was elected to the Lok Sabha in 2009 on Congress ticket from Barpeta constituency.

In 1983 Hussain had contested as an independent candidate from Barpeta Assembly seat and won. Later, he won in 1991, 1996 and 2001. He started his career as a teacher. In 1980s he was involved in minority movement.

He was also a member of All India Congress Committee. Last year he lost the election to Sirajuddin Ajmal of All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF).

His janaza (funeral prayer) was performed at his birthplace at Howly in presence of hundreds of his well wishers and relatives.

The speaker of Assam Assembly, Pranab Gogoi, All Assam Minority Students’ Union and others also paid tribute to the departed soul.