JORHAT, March 24 - A day after his death in Delhi�s Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, thousands of friends and relatives, representatives of various organisations and locals of Jorhat thronged the residence of former Health Minister of the State Abhijit Sarma on Thursday afternoon at DCB Road here to bid final farewell to the departed soul.
Besides being a good organiser since his college days, Sharma was widely known as a successful philanthropic tea planter of the State who always cared a lot for the welfare of the workers of his tea estates.
His mortal remains were flown from Delhi to Jorhat airport and was taken from the airport to his home with a procession by the members of AASU, Asam Sahitya Sabha, Sadou Asam Karmachari Parishad, AJYCP and many other local organisations of Jorhat. Sharma was cremated with State honour at Tarajan Crematorium of the city at 5pm.
Paying floral tributes to the departed soul at Jorhat airport, his admirer and State Water Resources minister Keshab Mahanta said that the death of Sarma caused irreparable loss to the AGP as well as the State as he never compromised with the regional interest of the State during his lifetime.
He was elected as the MLA of Jorhat in 1985 and became the Health Minister of the State and he never contested poll twice. Since his days in school, Sarma was associated with social works and later played a very significant role in Assam Agitation as an active office bearer of AASU of undivided Sivsagar district. It is to be mentioned that he could arouse the regional sentiments of the people of the State very successfully and rallied thousands in Jorhat to raise their voices against the discriminatory attitude of the then government towards the indigenous people.
Expressing condolence at Sarma�s death, former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta offered floral tributes to Sarma at his residence who was closely associated with him since the period of Assam Agitation and never quit the regional party though he never contested twice. Mahanta said that the strong will and never-compromising political attitude of Abhijit Sarma will encourage everyone of AGP to work for the welfare people of the State.
Hundreds of members of tea planters organisations including ATPA, ABITA and the Jorhat units of AASU, AJYCP, Asam Sahitya Sabha and political parties including AGP, BJP, Congress and several other social organisations offered their floral tributes to Sarma before his cremation.
Expressing condolence over his death many sports organisations, academic institutions and businessmen of Jorhat closed their offices and establishments on Thursday afternoon.