Former Chief Minister of Assam Tarun Gogoi passed away on Monday evening in Guwahati. He was undergoing treatment for the past few days in Gauhati medical college and hospital following post COVID-19 complications. He was 86.
Born in 1934, Mr. Gogoi served as the Chief Minister of Assam from 2001 to 2016. He is the longest serving Chief Minister of the state. Prior to becoming Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi served as Union Minister. He represented Jorhat and Kaliabor constituencies in Lok Sabha. Mr. Gogoi also served in various capacities in the Congress party.
President Ram Nath Kovind , Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have condoled the death of former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi. In a message, Mr Kovind said the country has lost a veteran leader with rich political and administrative experience. Mr Kovind said Tarun Gogoi’s long tenure in office was a period of epochal change in Assam.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has expressed grief over the death of former Assam Chief Minister and Union Minister Tarun Gogoi. In a tweet, Mr Naidu said that in his long public life, Tarun Gogoi has faithfully served the people of the nation and the state in various capacities. Mr Naidu said, his contribution to public service will always be remembered respectfully.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a message, Mr Modi said Tarun Gogoi was a popular leader and a veteran administrator, who had years of political experience in Assam as well as in the centre. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said, Tarun Gogoi has devoted his life to bringing all the people and communities of Assam together.
Home Minister Amit Shah also expressed anguish over the passing away of veteran leader. In a tweet, Mr Shah conveyed condolences to his family and followers.
Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the mortal remains of Mr. Gogoi will be kept at Sankardev Kalakshetra in Guwahati. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, his ministerial colleagues, leaders of various political parties condoled demise of Tarun Gogoi.
Assam government has announced three-day State mourning in honour of the former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi. The announcement was made by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. He also visited Guwahati Medical College and Hospital to pay his last respect to the departed leader.