Guwahati: Karendra Basumatary, former MLA from Assam’s Mazbat constituency, passed away on Monday. He was 71.
According to sources, Basumatary had been struggling with a chronic illness for an extended period of time. He breathed his last this evening at his residence.
Basumatary resigned as a member of the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) in 2020 to join the United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL).
Basumatary, who was also a former president of All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) and ex-chairman of Bodo People’s Action Committee (BPAC), joined the UPPL ahead of the general elections of the BTC.
He was elected as an MLA for the first time in 1991 from the Panery constituency.
Basumatary was elected for two consecutive terms in 2001 and 2006 on a BPF ticket from the Mazbat Assembly constituency.
BTC chief Pramod Boro expressed condolences over the demise of the former MLA.
“Deeply saddened to learn about the demise of Ex MLA & Ex-President of ABSU Karendra Basumatary today. My heartfelt condolences to his family in their hour of grief. May his soul rest in peace. He will be remembered for his immense contribution to the Bodo community,” Baro tweeted.
Earlier this year, in July, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also visited the ailing Basumatary at his residence in Udalguri district.
“Visited former MLA of Majbat Shri Karendra Basumatary, who has been keeping unwell, at his Rowta residence in Udalguri district and enquired about his health. Wished him a speedy recovery and assured him all possible Govt support in his treatment,” CM Sarma tweeted.