“Former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, who was suffering from a long illness and covid-19 passed away at 5:34 pm,” Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma told reporters.
He was admitted to Guwahati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) from November 2 after complaining of inhalation.
Gogoi suffered multiple organ failure and was on ventilation for several days. Doctors performed dialysis on him on Sunday as he could not urinate naturally due to kidney problems.
The Assam government has declared three days of state mourning to pay tribute to Gogoi.
Gogoi, the absolute politician and leader who occupied the CM chair three times in a row from 2001 to 2016 (the longest any Chief Minister in Assam), was actively involved in the plan to boost the fortunes of the Congress in the next assembly till August. Elections will be held in March-April next year.
Before Covid-19 was declared positive on August 25, he was busy holding meetings with various party activists, leaders and the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF). Congress has announced a grand coalition for the 2021 elections.
He joined GMCH, where he remained for two months despite having negative tests for the disease. Although he was discharged on October 25, Covid was remanded on November 2 due to subsequent problems.
Gogoi was born on April 1, 1936, at the Rangajan Tea Estate in Jorhat District, where his father, Dr. Kamaleshwar Gogoi, was posted. He did BB and LLB from JB College, Jorhat and Guwahati University respectively.After working as a lawyer for a number of years, he entered politics and was elected a member of the Jorhat Municipal Board in 1968. Three years later, he was elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time from Jorhat.
Gogoi was re-elected to the Lok Sabha in 1977 and 1983 for two more terms from Jorhat. Between 1983 and 1990, he held several senior positions in the Congress, including the party general secretary and the president of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC).
Gogoi was elected to the Lok Sabha for the fourth time in 1991 from Calibur, a constituency he represented twice in 1998 and 1999. Gogoi’s son Gaurav is now representing Congress from Kaliabor.