Tarun Gogoi, three-time Assam Chief Minister, passed away on Monday, November 23, 2020. He was 84. The former CM was diagnosed with Covid back in August. He was being treated for post-Covid complications at the Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH). Earlier he was under non-invasive ventilation. He was put under invasive ventilation on Saturday. He was put under invasive ventilation on Saturday. “He left this world at 5.34 pm,” Himanta Biswa Sarma, the state health minister said, confirming Gogoi’s death.
A three-day state mourning was announced by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. The body would be kept at Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakhetra, in Guwahati, on Tuesday for people to get the last glimpse.
Leaders across political parties poured in tributes for the Congress stalwart. “Shri Tarun Gogoi Ji was a popular leader and a veteran administrator, who had years of political experience in Assam as well as the Centre. Anguished by his passing away. My thoughts are with his family and supporters in this hour of sadness. Om Shanti,” tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi. President Ram Nath Kovind to condoled his death and said that Tarun Gogoi will be remembered for his contribution towards development in Assam.
Tarun Gogoi was an MLA from the Titabor assembly constituency since 2001. He had also been the part of the Union cabinet twice. As an MP, Gogoi served six terms representing Jorhat for three terms between 1971 and 1985 and later Kaliabor in 1991-96 and then 1998-2002. His son, Gaurav Gogoi currently holds the Kaliabor seat.
Born on 11 October 1934, Gogoi was considered one of India’s tallest statesmen. Gogoi first became the chief minister in 2001. He was the longest-serving chief minister of Assam. In his 15 years of reign, he worked on boosting business and economy of the state.
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