Former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi died in Guwahati on Monday while undergoing treatment for post-COVID-19 complications, state Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. He was 84 and survived by wife Dolly, daughter Chandrima and son Gaurav. Also Read - Former Assam CM Tarun Gogoi Passes Away at 84 After Long Battle With Illness
Tarun Gogoi, a three-time chief minister, breathed his last at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital at 5.34 pm, Sarma said. Also Read - Former Assam CM Tarun Gogoi Extremely Critical, Condition Deteriorates Further: GMCH Doctors
Reactions from politicians poured in on Twitter as the news of Tarun Gogoi’s demise surfaced. Here’s who has said what: Also Read - Former Assam CM Tarun Gogoi's Health Worsens; Efforts on to Revive Failed Organs
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death of Tarun Gogoi, describing the Congress veteran as a popular leader. “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,” PM Modi said in a tweet.
Congess leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted saying, “Shri Tarun Gogoi was a true Congress leader. He devoted his life to bringing all the people and communities of Assam together. For me, he was a great and wise teacher. I loved and respected him deeply. I will miss him. My love and condolences to Gaurav & the family.”
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.”
Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted his condolences saying, “Anguished to learn about the passing away of veteran leader and former Chief Minister of Assam, Shri Tarun Gogoi ji. May almighty give his family the strength to bear this tragic loss. My condolences with his family and followers. Om Shanti Shanti Shanti.”
Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal said, “I express heartfelt condolences on the demise of former Chief Minister, a tall leader & our most respected Tarun Gogoi da. It’s the end of an era in Assam’s public life. He was so vibrant and full of life until a few days back, couldn’t believe this sad news.”
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, “I shared very warm and personal relations with him, inspite of coming from different political parties. He was known for his friendships cutting across party lines. He made a mark as an effective administrator. My tributes to Shri Tarun Gogoi ji.”
Meanwhile, the Congress party put out a condolence letter Garurav Gogoi on the demise on his father.
Indian Youth Congress chief Srinivas BV tweeted, “Extremely painful to hear about the tragic demise of one of the kindest and loyal footsoldier of INC, Ex. Assam CM Sh. Tarun Gogoi ji. God bless the noble soul and give strength to the whole family & Assamese people to bear this loss.”
“Tarun Gogoi who rescued Assam from bankruptcy in 2001 and transformed the state during the 15 years he was CM, is sadly no more. He was a wonderful man, full of energy and ideas till the very last. I have many fond memories of working closely with him. He will be missed.” Congress MP Jairam Ramesh said in a tweet.
“We lost our guardian. People’s leader @tarun_gogoi, former Chief Minister of Assam is no more.” Assam Congress MP Abdul Khaleque said.
“We are terribly saddened by the death of veteran @INCIndia leader, Former Chief Minister of Assam Shri @tarun_gogoi Ji. He was an inspiration to all of us. Heartfelt condolences to his family & loved ones !” Assam Congress tweeted.
Tarun Gogoi was first admitted to the hospital on August 26 after testing positive for COVID-19 and was released for a brief period before being admitted again on November 2.
His condition deteriorated on November 21, following multi-organ failure and was put on invasive ventilation.
Gogoi was given dialysis on Sunday. His condition deteriorated further over the past few hours and it was stated to be “very very critical”.
Gogoi was the MLA from the Titabor assembly constituency since 2001. He was also a six-time parliamentarian and a Union minister twice.