Assam Pradesh Congress Committee president and former minister Anjan Dutta died at AIIMS in Delhi, where he was undergoing treatment for the past few weeks. He was 64.
A close associate of former chief minister Tarun Gogoi, the PCC president had taken ill while on his way back from South Africa, where he had gone along with his wife and three daughters after the Assembly elections. Dutta, who was initially admitted to Indraprastha Hospital in the national capital on May 12 with fever and pneumonia, was later shifted to AIIMS. His body was flown to Guwahati late Thursday night, from where it will be taken to his birthplace Sivasagar Friday for the last rites.
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Gogoi described Dutta as a dynamic leader who always stood by the party through difficult phases.
“He was a very dynamic, committed and fearless leader who came from the grassroots,” Gogoi said.
A three-time MLA from Amguri LAC in Sivasagar district, Dutta had not contested the recent Assembly elections and instead got his eldest daughter Ankita nominated in his place. The seat, however, was won by Pradip Hazarika of the AGP, an ally of the ruling BJP.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that in Dutta’s death Assam had lost a good leader and a perfect gentleman.
Dutta also had a literary bent of mind. He ran a newspaper and an Assamese monthly magazine for a few years.