Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday paid his last respects to former chief minister of Assam Tarun Gogoi in Guwahati. Gogoi, who was the longest serving chief minister of Assam, breathed his last on Monday. Gandhi flew to Guwahati in a special flight and drove straight to Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra, where Gogoi’s body has been laid in state. Also Read - Tripura Congress Chief's Car Attacked Allegedly by BJP Workers, Party Calls For Strike
He offered floral tributes to Gogoi’s mortal remains in the presence of the veteran Congress leader’s parliamentarian son Gaurav Gogoi. Rahul stood with folded hands and bowed head for few minutes in front of the coffin inside which Gogoi’s mortal remains were kept. Talking to reporters, Gandhi termed Gogoi’s death a personal loss and said he had learnt a lot from Gogoi. Also Read - Shatabdi Roy Meets Mamata's Nephew Abhishek Banerjee, Says She Is Not Leaving TMC
“He treated me like his own son. It is a personal loss for me. Today we have also lost Ahmed Patel ji, another pillar of the Congress party. It’s a tragic day for us,” Rahul Gandhi said.
“I think Gogoi ji was not just a leader of Assam. He was a formidable CM and a national leader. He inspired us by uniting the people of Assam and bringing peace to the state,” Gandhi told reporters.
Gogoi did a “great service” to Assam and a “tremendous service” to India, he said.
“I have spent many hours with Gogoi ji. He was my teacher, my guru. He explained to me what Assam is and what its people are. He narrated the beauty of Assam to me. It’s a personal loss for me,” Gandhi added while standing beside Gogoi’s body.
Gogoi had breathed his last at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital on November 23 after developing post-COVID complications. His last rites will be performed here tomorrow.