GUWAHATI: Entire country mourned the demise of former chief minister Tarun Gogoi who breathed his last on Monday after a prolonged illness.
Assam government has also declared three days of state mourning and decided to keep his mortal remains at Srimanta Shankardev Kalakhetra here from Tuesday for paying homage.
Expressing sadness on the demise of the veteran politician, President of India, Ram Nath Kovind said that Gogoi will be remembered for the development of Assam and especially towards his efforts to improve law and order and fighting insurgency in the state. His passing away marks the end of an era
“Extremely sad to know of the demise of Shri Tarun Gogoi, former Chief Minister of Assam. The country has lost a veteran leader with rich political and administrative experience. His long tenure in office was a period of epochal change in Assam,” the President tweeted.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi too took it to Twitter and wrote: “Shri Tarun Gogoi Ji was a popular leader and a veteran administrator, who had years of political experience in Assam as well as the Centre. Anguished by his passing away. My thoughts are with his family and supporters in this hour of sadness. Om Shanti.”
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi who was very close to the veteran leader said: “Shri Tarun Gogoi was a true Congress leader. He devoted his life to bringing all the people and communities of Assam together. For me, he was a great and wise teacher. I loved and respected him deeply. I will miss him. My love and condolences to Gaurav & the family.”
Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal tweeted: “Tarun Gogoi was a people’s leader who had a great contribution in Assam’s political and public sphere. Even though we were in Opposition parties, we shared a wonderful rapport and he was a guiding figure. My deepest condolences to his family and well-wishers.”
Former All Assam Students Union (AASU) leader Lurinjyoti Gogoi said that Gogoi has left a permanent mark on the history of Assam and on her politics. “Widely acclaimed to have brought peace to Assam, he will also be sorely missed for his wit & his personality. RIP Folded hands,” he said.
Besides, several politicians across the country cutting across party lines have also expressed their condolences on the demise of the senior Congressman.