Former Assam chief minister Syeda Anwara Taimur passed away in Australia on September 28. The lone woman chief minister of the state was 84 at the time of her death.
As per her family sources she was suffering from prolonged illness for some time. She has been staying with her son in Australia for the last several years.
Taimur was the chief minister of the state from December 6, 1980 to June 30, 1981.
With the news of her demise, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and others have expressed their condolences.
“Saddened by the sudden demise of former Chief Minister of Assam, Syeda Anwara Taimur. Praying for the departed soul, I offer my heartfelt condolences to her family members and well-wishers,” tweeted Sonowal.
Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma termed it a big loss for the state.
“…an able administrator and affable people’s person, Syeda Mam was the only woman CM of Assam. A 4-term MLA, she had an illustrious political career spanning over 4 decades. My prayers & condolences Folded hands,” Sarma said in a tweet.
Before joining politics Taimur was a lecturer of Economics in Debicharan Barua Girls College, Jorhat in 1956. She was elected for Assam assembly in 1972, 1978, 1983 and 1991.
In 1988 she was nominated to Rajya Sabha. In 1991 she was appointed to the post of minister for agriculture in Assam. She left the Congress to join the AIUDF in 2011.
Recently she was in the news as her name was missing from the NRC list in 2018.
“It is sad that my name is not there in the list. I will return to Assam in the last week of August (2018) and then initiate the process to get mine and my family’s name enlisted in the NRC,” Syeda Anwara Taimur had said.