GUWAHATI: For Congress president Sonia Gandhi it was a ‘personal loss’ as she expressed her sorrow over the demise of former Assam chief minister and one of the tallest politicians of all time, Tarun Gogoi.
While the Congress president might not reach Assam for Gogoi’s final rites due to her own health issues, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is likely to be here to pay the last homage to the departing soul, informed Assam Pradesh Congress chief Ripun Bora.
Senior Congress leaders like KC Venugopal and Jitendra Singh are also likley to reach Guwahati shortly.
Earlier, the Congress president recalled Tarun Gogoi’s ties with her mother-in-law and former prime minister Indira Gandhi as well as her husband and also an ex-PM Rajiv Gandhi.
In a letter to Gaurav Gogoi, she wrote: “I know in what great regard Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi held him. For me, his loss is also a deeply personal one — I cannot forget the warmth and care he showed me on my many visits to Assam. During those visits, I saw how loved he was by all the many communities and people of Assam, how much he had done for them, and for their progress and welfare. No wonder he was Assam’s most universally loved and venerated public figure and the longest-serving chief minister of the state,”
Gogoi, who was elected AICC joint secretary in 1976 under Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, also served as the party’s national general secretary from 1985-90 under Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
She also hailed Tarun Gogoi as a leader ‘whose unfailingly wise counsel and advice we could always turn to’. “Tarun Gogoi was one of the tallest leaders of the Congress party, admired and respected for his extraordinary wisdom, vision and ability. With his long years of experience as an MLA, an MP, a Central Minister and Chief Minister of Assam, he was someone to whose unfailingly wise counsel and advice we could always turn to,” Sonia Gandhi said.
Gogoi passed way at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) on Monday evening due to multi-organ failure. He was 86.
On Tuesday, a sea of humanity and politicians cutting across party lines joined Gogoi’s last journey from the hospital to his official residence here. His mortal remains will be kept at Srimanta Shankardeva Kalakhetra from Tuesday evening for public homage. His last rites are likely to be conducted on Thursday.