Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi paid tribute to the former CM of Assam Tarun Gogoi in Guwahati. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi paid tributes to the mortal remains of former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi here on Wednesday and called the grand old party veteran his guru.
He said Gogoi”s demise is a personal loss for him.
After arriving in Guwahati on a special flight from Goa, Gandhi straightaway reached Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra, where the three-time chief minister”s body has been kept for the public to pay their last respect.
Assam: Rahul Gandhi pays last respects to Congress leader & former CM of Assam Tarun Gogoi, in Guwahati
“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,” he says pic.twitter.com/fYqMGw4uIK
— ANI (@ANI) November 25, 2020
He offered floral tributes to Gogoi”s mortal remains in the presence of the veteran Congress leader”s parliamentarian son Gaurav.
“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 said while standing beside Gogoi”s body.
The Congress stalwart died here on Monday while undergoing treatment for post-COVID-19 complications. He is survived by wife Dolly, daughter Chandrima, and son Gaurav.
Gandhi has landed at Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) Airport. He will directly head towards Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra where the mortal remains of the Congress veteran are kept.
Gandhi will remain in Guwahati for two hours.
Former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi will be cremated at the Navagraha crematorium ground in the city on November 26, state minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Tuesday. Assam’s first chief minister (then called premier) Lokpriyo Gopinath Bordoloi was cremated at the Navagraha crematorium and a part of the ground was demarcated as his memorial.
As per wishes of family and @INCAssam late Tarun Gogoi will be cremated in Navagraha Smashan on Thursday, November 26, 2020.
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) November 24, 2020
“As per wishes of family and @INCAssam late Tarun Gogoi will be cremated in Navagraha Smashan (crematorium) on Thursday, November 26, 2020. Prayers”, Sarma tweeted. Assam PCC president Ripun Bora had earlier told media persons that Congress had asked the state government to provide a suitable plot of land for the three-time chief minister where subsequently a memorial will be built.
A three-day mourning had also been declared by the state government.