Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Passes Away
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Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Passes Away

Guwahati, Nov 23 (TNA) Veteran Congress leader and former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi passed way on Monday evening after a long battle with complications arising out of Coronavirus infection. 

The outspoken politician, still a legislator from Titabar assembly constituency, had been breathing with the help of medical support systems. Octogenarian Gogoi showed some improvements on Sunday morning but slowly he went to an unconscious condition.

The attending doctors at Guwahati medical college and hospital informed that Gogoi was on complete life support machines. Except for some signs related to his brain, heart and eyes, most of his organs had already stopped functioning for the last 12 hours.

It was a case of multiple organ failure, informed the physicians. In his last moments, Gogoi had been arranged to listen to soothing pieces of classical music, songs by Bhupen Hazarika, etc.

State health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma continued looking after his care at the hospital. Meanwhile, his son Gaurav Gogoi, a Congress Parliamentarian in Lok Sabha, along with other family members arrived at the hospital.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home minister Amit Shah, Defence minister Rajnath Singh, high profile BJP and Congress leaders called Gaurav enquiring about his father’s health condition. A host of State based politicians irrespective of their affiliations have assembled at the hospital premises.

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who was in Dibrugarh, rushed to Guwahati cancelling all his official programs. Sonowal tweeted, “Flying back to Guwahati from Dibrugarh after cancelling my programs midway to be on the side of respected Tarun Gogoi da & his family as the former CM's health deteriorates. He has always been a father figure to me. I join millions in praying for his recovery.”

People across the State have been praying to God for his recovery. Gogoi, who tested positive for Covid-19 few weeks back was admitted to the hospital on 1 November with breathing problems. Earlier he was discharged from the hospital on 25 October after some improvements. Gogoi was hospitalized on 26 August as he tested positive for novel corona virus infection. The doctors continued his treatment with consultations from physicians in AIIMS New Delhi as he was not in a position to shift.

Born on April 1, 1936 to Dr Kamaleshwar Gogoi and Usha Gogoi at Rangajan in eastern Assam, Gogoi served as the State as its government chief from 2001 to 2016 without interruption.

Earlier he was elected to Lok Sabha for six times and also functioned as a Central minister for some time. Gogoi did his graduation from Jagannath Barooah College, Jorhat and did LLB from Gauhati University. Married to Dolly Gogoi, the couple has one son (Gaurav) and a daughter (Chandrima).

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