BARPETA, April 24 � Ismail Hussain, former Member of Parliament and State Minister died in a private nursing home at Guwahati last night due to protracted illness. He was 65.
He represented Barpeta Assembly constituency for a record four times and the Parliamentary constituency for once in 2009.
Born at Sukmanah near Howli on April 1, 1950 he completed his school education from Kujarpith High School and Halapakuri High School and graduated from BH College, Howli. After completing post graduate degree in Hindi he served as a teacher in Dhakaliapara Higher Secondary School.
Hussain joined active politics in 1983 and contested the Assembly election from Barpeta Assembly constituency as an independent candidate and became successful. Later, on he joined the Congress party and contested the Assembly election in 1985 but was defeated. He again contested the Assembly election in 1991, 1996 and 2001 and was elected to the Assembly. He was a minister in Tarun Gogoi led ministry in 1991 and 2001 respectively.
An active leader and an honest man by nature he was loved not only by his party men but by the people as a whole and it were reflected in the Parliamentary election in 2009 when he won from Barpeta. He was also a member of the All India Congress Committee.
His mortal remains were brought here this noon and homage was paid in the Rajiv Bhawan here. Later, the body was taken to his ancestral home and was buried in the Howli burial ground amidst huge gathering.
He leaves behind his wife, two sons and two daughters.