Assam’s only woman chief minister Syeda Anwara Taimur dies

Taimur was also the only female Muslim chief minister of Assam and first female Muslim CM of any state

Indian state Assam’s only woman chief minister, Syeda Anwara Taimur, died on Monday in Australia at the age of 84. According to reports, she was suffering from health complications and was staying with her son in Australia for the last few years.

Taimur was also the only female Muslim chief minister of Assam and first female Muslim CM of any state. A four-term MLA, she had an illustrious political career spanning over four decades. Taimur was a Congress leader in Assam and a member of the All India Congress Committee.

Taimur briefly served as the Chief Minister of Assam from December 6, 1980, to June 30, 1981. She was elected to the Assam Assembly in 1972, 1978, 1983, and 1991 as nominee of the Congress. Taimur was the Public Works Department (PWD) minister of Assam from 1983 to 1985.

In 1988, she was nominated to the Rajya Sabha. In 2011, the veteran leader left the Congress and joined the All India United Democratic Front. She figured in the headlines after her name was found missing from the NRC (National Register of Citizens) list in 2018.

She was a teacher of economics in Debicharan Barua Girls College in Jorhat before joining politics.

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