GUWAHATI: It was said to be his last wish-to take his mortal remains to a church, mosque, and temple. And it was completed on Thursday as Assam’s one of the most popular chief minister Tarun Gogoi’s funeral procession passed through the city.
From Srimanta Shankardeva Kalakhetra where his mortal remains were kept for public homage for the last two days, on Thursday the funeral procession began for an inter-faith religious tour of the city.
After it was taken to his official residence in the morning, it made multiple stoppages at various locations of the city-a church at Rukminigaon, Zoo road Namghar, Burha Masjid at Ambari, Ugratara and Sukreswar Temple at Panbazar before reaching the Nabagraha crematorium.
As Gogoi’s entourage moved through the city streets, the city virtually stood still as a sea of humanity stopped by the roads to pay their last respect to their beloved chief minister.
“He (Gogoi) was the most secular, democratic and progressive chief minister of Assam. It’s his simple and friendly attitude that attracted all. He never judged anyone on their religion, caste, community and financial status. That’s why so many people have come out to see him for the last time,” said Hrishikesh Talukdar, a city trader who kept his business shut only to be part of the last rites.
Lakhs of people have thronged the streets to have a last glimpse of the Congress stalwart. Showers of flowers were bestowed on the decorated vehicle carrying the mortal remains of Gogoi before the cremation at Navagraha Crematorium in Guwahati.
From chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, senior Congress leaders to all the who’s who from state’s political, government officials and even common public assembled at the cremation ground. Gogoi’s last rites were performed with full state honour.
Assam government has already declared a half holiday on Thursday to mark the occasion.