Former AGP minister passes away at 63

Former Assam minister and AGP vice-president Dilip Saikia Sonowal passed away in a private hospital in Calcutta today. He was 63.

By A STAFF REPORTER in Guwahati
  • Published 10.12.16
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Guwahati, Dec. 9: Former Assam minister and AGP vice-president Dilip Saikia Sonowal passed away in a private hospital in Calcutta today. He was 63.

Sonowal was suffering from prolonged kidney-related ailments. The end came around 11.30am.

The AGP has declared a three-day mourning from today.

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, agriculture minister and AGP president Atul Bora and Assembly Speaker Ranjeet Kumar Dass have condoled his demise terming it as a great loss for the state.

"Sonowal was a prominent leader of the Assam Agitation and his death has created a vacuum in the political arena of Assam," Dass said.

Describing him as a straightforward political leader, Bora said his contribution to the Assam Movement will always be remembered.

Bora recalled his long association with Sonowal and prayed for the departed soul.

He was elected to the state Assembly from Dhemaji constituency for four consecutive terms from 1985 to 2001. He served as the veterinary minister in the first Prafulla Kumar Mahanta-led government and held various positions in the regional party.

His mortal remains will be brought here from Calcutta tomorrow morning and will be taken to the AGP head office at Ambari here around 9am.

Sonowal's wife, Mitali Choudhury, who was a noted singer, had passed away on March 26, 2011, at the age of 50.