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Former CM Tarun Gogoi dies, Assam announces three-day state mourning

Tarun Gogoi was diagnosed with Covid in August end and was administered plasma therapy when his condition worsened. After testing negative for Covid, Gogoi was battling post-Covid complications.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 30, 2020 11:27:27 am
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Three-time Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi, who had been undergoing treatment at the Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) for post-Covid complications, passed away on Monday, state health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma confirmed. The Congress veteran was 84.

Gogoi was diagnosed with Covid in August end and was administered plasma therapy when his condition worsened. After testing negative for Covid, Gogoi was battling post-Covid complications. He was on non-invasive ventilation since November 2, but on Saturday was put under invasive ventilation.

“He left this world at 5.34 pm,” Sarma said outside the GMCH. As far as planned till now, the body would be kept at Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakhetra, a cultural institution in Guwahati, on Tuesday for people to get a last glimpse. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal flew back to Guwahati from Dibrugarh after cancelling his scheduled official programs to be with Gogoi’s family. “He has always been a father figure to me. I join millions in praying for his recovery,” Sonowal tweeted. CM Sonowal has announced a three-day state mourning in the honour of Gogoi.

Leaders across the political spectrum, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind, condoled the demise of the Congress stalwart. Earlier in the day, PM Modi, former PM Manmohan Singh and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had called Gogoi’s son and MP Gaurav Gogoi and enquired about the former CM’s health. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi too had called Gaurav. Senior Assam ministers and important political leaders visited Gogoi’s family at the hospital throughout the day.

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In the days before he was diagnosed with Covid, Gogoi was at the forefront of the Congress initiative to form a ‘Grand Alliance’, comprising all the opposition parties for the 2021 assembly polls. Gogoi was elected chief minister of Assam in 2001 after he led the Congress to victory in the state elections. He then led the party to a record three consecutive electoral victories in the state.

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Three-time Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi, who had been undergoing treatment at the Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) for post-Covid complications, passed away on Monday, state health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma confirmed. The Congress veteran was 84.

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Gogoi died on Monday while undergoing treatment for post-COVID-19 complications in Guwahati, Assam's Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. He was 84 and survived by wife Dolly, daughter Chandrima and son Gaurav. Gogoi, a three-time chief minister, breathed his last at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital at 5.34 pm, Sarma said.

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Former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi should be remembered for his smile, his ideals and commitment to the people of the state, his son and Lok Sabha MP Gaurav Gogoi said on Monday.

Speaking to the press at Gauhati Medical College Hospital where the Congress veteran died while undergoing treatment for post-COVID-19 complications, a sobbing Gaurav said that his father fought till the end.

"He was waiting for his daughter and grand-children to arrive. He bade us farewell only after they came," he said. The former chief minister's daughter, Chandrima Gogoi, lives in the US and arrived in Guwahati on Saturday.

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Congress remembers its stalwart

The Congress party paid a glowing tribute to party veteran and former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi who passed away Monday while undergoing treatment for post Covid-19 complications.

In a tweet, the party recalled Gogoi’s “dedication towards the development and unity of his people and his state” that has “inspired many generations of Indians”.

Congress leaders from across the country condoled the demise of Gogoi, who assumed varied positions within the party in his political career spanning over 50 years. READ HERE

21:25 (IST)23 Nov 2020
Congress remembers its stalwart

The Congress party paid a glowing tribute to party veteran and former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi who passed away Monday while undergoing treatment for post Covid-19 complications.

In a tweet, the party recalled Gogoi’s “dedication towards the development and unity of his people and his state” that has “inspired many generations of Indians”.

Congress leaders from across the country condoled the demise of Gogoi, who assumed varied positions within the party in his political career spanning over 50 years. READ HERE

19:58 (IST)23 Nov 2020
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The Assam government on Monday announced a three-day state mourning in the honour of former chief minister Tarun Gogoi who died while undergoing treatment for post-COVID-19 complications. The ruling BJP and opposition Congress also cancelled all party functions, including the ongoing campaign for the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) elections, for the next three days as a mark of respect for the three-time chief minister.

"Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal announced that the State government would observe three-day State mourning in honour of the former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi who breathed his last this evening," an official statement said.

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"Saddened to hear about the passing away of veteran leader and former Chief Minister of Assam for 3 terms, Tarun Gogoi Ji. My deepest condolences to his family, followers and well-wishers," Banerjee tweeted.

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Tarun Gogoi, Tarun Gogoi health, Tarun Gogoi critical, Tarun Gogoi ex assam cm, Tarun Gogoi congress, indian express Former Assam CM Tarun Gogoi. (Express Photo by  R K Dayal)

Born on April 1, 1936, Gogoi became a political leader with national stature after he was elected Joint Secretary of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) in 1976 under Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Since then, Gogoi served six terms as a Member of Parliament (MP) from the Lok Sabha. He first represented Jorhat in 1971–85. Later Gogoi was elected from Kaliabor (1991–96/1998–2002).[citation needed] The Kaliabor seat is currently held by his son Gaurav Gogoi.

He also served as General Secretary of the AICC (1985–90) under Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and later served in the Union Cabinet of India under Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao as Union Minister of State in the Food and Food Processing Industry departments (1991–96).