UDALGURI, Sept 25 � Binai Khunghur Basumatary, former MLA of Udalguri Legislative Assembly constituency passed away today at GNRC. He was 71. A dynamic leader in the political field, Basumatary represented the Udalguri LAC in the Assam Assembly three times from 1978 to 1991. He also became executive member of the then Bodo Autonomous Council (BAC) from 1993 to 1994. Then he joined the London University, in the School of Oriental and African Studies in 1994 and published history of the Baras in 1996.
Late Basumatary, who had his association with the then Udayachal movement, joined Plains Tribal Council of Assam (PTCA) and won the Assembly election from Udalguri LAC in 1978 from the regional party, but the then Janata alliance state government could last only four years.
Then Basumatary formed another regional political party named as the United Tribal Nationalist Liberation Front (UTNLF) and fought the Assembly elections again and won in 1981 during the tenure of late Hiteswar Saikia.
Late Basumatary won the third term of Assembly elections during the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) tenure from 1985 to 1991. He leaves behind his retired teacher wife, three married daughters and a son.