Tarun Gogoi's passing away marks the end of an era: Leaders condole veteran administrator's death; in pics
Tarun Gogoi, the former Assam Chief Minister, passed away on Monday (November 23, 2020) in Guwahati and his death marked the end of an era.
Gogoi, 86, who was the Chief Minister of the northeastern state from 2001-2016, was reportedly undergoing treatment at a hospital for post-COVID complications.
He was one of the most popular leaders and had once said, "I am a Congressman and will be so till the last breath of my life."
From Prime Minister Narendra Modi to President Ram Nath Kovind, several noted leaders took to their social media accounts to condole the death of Gogoi.
Tarun Gogoi with Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled Gogoi's death and wrote, "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."
He added, "Anguished by his passing away. My thoughts are with his family and supporters in this hour of sadness. Om Shanti."
Tarun Gogoi with Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju
Rahul Gandhi shared this picture and said Gogoi was a true Congress leader
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi shared this picture of Tarun Gogoi and wrote, "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."
Rahul Gandhi also wrote, "I loved and respected him deeply. I will miss him. My love and condolences to Gaurav & the family."
Former Assam Chief Minister with current CM Sarbananda Sonowal
Current Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal also expressed grief over the death of former CM. 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."
He added that Gogoi was a people's leader who had a great contribution to 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," said Sonowal.
Tarun Gogoi with Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma
Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, "A man of grand vision & extraordinary passion, Sri Tarun Gogoi was an intensely people's man, focused on progress & enjoyed support of all . I was lucky to have worked under him."
He said that Gogoi rescued Assam from a period of darkness and led it for 15 years ensuring a new phase of development.