Senior Congress leader and three-time Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi passed away at GNRC hospital of Guwahati. Former Assam Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Tarun Gogoi was suffering from multi-organ dysfunction.
Born on April 1, 1936 into an ethnic Assamese Tai-Ahom family at Rangajan Tea Estate located in erstwhile Sivasagar district, now Jorhat district of Assam.His father, Dr Kamaleshwar Gogoi was a medical practitioner at the tea estate while his mother, Usha Gogoi, was known for her collection of poetry –– Hiyar Samahar.
Gogoi did his primary education at the No.26 Rangajan Nimna Buniyadi Vidyalaya before moving to Jorhat Madrassa School, Bholaguri High School located near Badulipar Tea Estate and finally Jorhat Government High School from where he passed the HSLC Examination. Completing his graduation from Jagannath Barooah College, he did his LLB from Gauhati University, Assam.
One of the last of the regional satraps of the Cong, 3 time CM of Assam, Tarun Gogoi has passed away at 86.. was an ever smiling neta, sharp eye for politics, who held the Cong together in Assam for decades.. RIP and condolences @GauravGogoiAsm
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) November 23, 2020
The 86-year-old veteran Congress leader was on life support for few days.The veteran politician was admitted at GMCH on November 2 due to post-Covid-19 complications.
Gogoi, who was Chief Minister of Assam for three consecutive years from 2001 till 2016, was admitted to Guwahati Medical College Hospital on August 26 after he tested positive for Covid-19 and he was discharged from the hospital on October 25.
He completed 15 consecutive years as Chief Minister of Assam on 18 May 2016 as the longest serving Chief Minister of the state. Gogoi has served six terms as a Member of Parliament (MP) from the Lok Sabha. He first represented Jorhat in 1971–85. Later Gogoi was elected from Kaliabor (1991–96/1998–2002). The Kaliabor seat is currently held by his son Gaurav Gogoi.
Gogoi became a political leader with national stature after he was elected Joint Secretary of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) in 1976 under Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.He later served as General Secretary of the AICC (1985–90) under Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.Gogoi served in the Union Cabinet of India under Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao as Union Minister of State in the Food and Food Processing Industry departments (1991–96).
Tarun Gogoi married Dolly Gogoi on 30 July 1972. Dolly Gogoi is a post-graduate in Zoology from Gauhati University. They have two children; daughter Chandrima Gogoi, an MBA and son, Gaurav Gogoi, a member of parliament from Kaliabar, who holds a degree in Public Administration from New York University.