Eastern Times: November 23, 2020, Guwahati: Tarun Gogoi, Assam’s longest serving chief minister (2001-2016), passed away on Monday evening at the Guwahati Medical College Hospital. He was admitted to the government-run hospital after testing COVID-19 positive a week back and could never recover from the complications that arose from it.
Gogoi, even at 84 years of age, was active in politics and public life till he fell unwell as he caught the Corona virus. State health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who worked under Gogoi before joining BJP, made the announcement on Monday evening.
Condolences poured in from all over the country since the news got around. Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled his death and tweeted: “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…,” he tweeted.
President Ram Nath Kovind said, “Extremely sad to know of the demise of Shri Tarun Gogoi, former Chief Minister of Assam.
The country has lost a veteran leader with rich political and administrative experience. His long tenure in office was a period of epochal change in Assam,” in a tweet.
Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who had cancelled an official tour for Gogoi’s health on Monday, described him as a people’s leader.
“Tarun Gogoi was a people’s leader who had great contribution in Assam’s political and public sphere. Even though we were in Opposition parties, we shared a wonderful rapport and he was a guiding figure.
My deepest condolences to his family and well-wishers,” he tweeted.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said, “Saddened to hear about the passing away of veteran leader and former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi ji.
My deepest condolences to his family, followers and well-wishers,” in her condolence message.