Guwahati: Former Assam Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta was admitted to a hospital in Guwahati on Friday following blood pressure issues.
Mahanta, aged 67, was admitted to a private hospital late night on Friday. From there he was shifted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of Downtown hospital in Guwahati, an Asom Gana Parishad leader informed.
According to Mahanta’s son, the two- time former chief minister was stable and his health parameters showed no cause for concern on Saturday.
Mahanta was the president of the All Assam Students Union (AASU) that had spearheaded the six-year-long Assam Movement from 1979 against illegal foreigners in Assam.
At the culmination of the agitation in 1985 with the signing of the historic Assam Accord by the AASU, Central and Assam governments in the presence of then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, the student leaders formed the Asom Gana Parishad with Mahanta as its president.
Riding on the crest of the mass support to the Assam Agitation, the AGP contested the assembly elections in 1985 and wrested power from Congress and Mahanta was sworn in as the chief minister for the first time. He was 33 during that time making him one of the youngest CM in the country.
The regional party again won the elections in 1996 defeating Congress and Mahanta once again became chief minister of the state for the second time.
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