Three-time Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, who had been undergoing treatment at the Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) for post-Covid complications, passed away on Monday, state health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma confirmed. The Congress veteran was 84.
Gogoi was diagnosed with Covid in August end and was administered plasma therapy when his condition worsened. After testing negative for Covid, Gogoi was battling post-Covid complications. He was on non-invasive ventilation since November 2, but on Saturday was put under invasive ventilation.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal announced a three-day state mourning in honor of Gogoi.
“He left this world at 5.34 pm,” Sarma said outside the GMCH. As far as planned till now, the body would be kept at Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakhetra, a cultural institution in Guwahati, on Tuesday for people to get the last glimpse.
Leaders across the political spectrum, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind, condoled the Congress stalwart’s demise. Earlier in the day, PM Modi, former PM Manmohan Singh, and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had called Gogoi’s son and MP Gaurav Gogoi and enquired about the former CM’s health. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi too called Gaurav. Senior Assam ministers and important political leaders visited Gogoi’s family at the hospital throughout the day.