Sarat Barkotoky

Guwahati, Oct 30: Assam is in mourning as it bids farewell to a prominent former MLA, senior politician, and ex-minister, Sarat Barkotoky, who passed away in the early hours of October 30. His demise marks the end of an era, leaving a void in the state’s political landscape.

Sarat Barkotoky was not just a seasoned politician; he had also served as a minister of state in the cabinet of former Assam Chief Minister Hiteswar Saikia. His political journey was one marked by dedication and a commitment to public service.

Born on March 1, 1935, in Mathurapur, Sonari, Sarat Barkotoky hailed from a humble background. He was the son of the late Hem Chandra Barkotoky and the late Chandra Probha Barkotoky. Throughout his life, he remained a staunch Congressman, unwavering in his loyalty to the party and its values.

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Barkotoky’s political career was notable for his repeated victories in the Legislative Assembly Elections, showcasing the trust and support he garnered from the people.

However, in 2016, he faced a significant challenge when he lost to BJP candidate Topon Kumar Gogoi by a margin of 24,117 votes. This election was a turning point as it marked the end of his tenure as an MLA. Notably, Barkotoky was one of ten cabinet ministers who faced defeat in that election.

Sarat Barkotoky’s contribution to Assam’s political and social landscape was substantial, and his passing has left a void that will be challenging to fill. His life and career serve as an inspiration for many in the state, and his legacy will continue to influence the political arena.

As Assam comes to terms with this loss, it is a moment to reflect on the contributions of individuals like Sarat Barkotoky, who dedicated their lives to public service and played a vital role in shaping the state’s political narrative.