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Ex Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Dies at 85

Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, who had been fighting post-Covid complications for his life in a hospital for weeks, died of multiple organ failure, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condoned his death and said he was a “popular leader and a veteran administrator”

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who cancelled Mr. Gogoi’s official health tour on Monday, described him as a leader of the people.

“Tarun Gogoi was a people’s leader who had a great contribution to 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,” he said.

Mr. Gogoi, a congressional key member, was tested positive for coronavirus on August 25 and was admitted to the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital the following day. He had recovered from COVID-19 and had been discharged from the hospital for 2 months.

President Ram Nath Kovind said that Mr. Gogoi will be remembered for developing Assam.

“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,” he tweeted.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condoned the death and said that he was a “popular leader and a veteran administrator”
“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,” he tweeted.

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