With Tarun Gogoi’s Death, Assam Loses One Of Its Tallest Leaders

Gogoi was one of Assam’s tallest Congress leaders and its longest-serving chief minister.

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Former chief minister and veteran Congress leader from Assam, Tarun Gogoi, passed away on Monday, 23 November due to post COVID-19 complications.

One of Assam's tallest leaders, Gogoi was instrumental in making massive gains for the Congress party in Assam.


Assam's Longest-Serving Chief Minister

Tarun Gogoi was born in 1936 into an ethnic Assamese Tai-Ahom family at the Rangajan Tea Estate in the state's Jorhat district. His father was a medical practitioner at the tea estate while his mother was the younger sister of renowned Assamese poet Ganesh Gogoi.

He graduated from Jagannath Barooah College in Jorhat and after that did LLB from Gauhati University. He married Dolly Gogoi in 1972 and have two children - Chandrima, an MBA and Gaurav, who is also a Congress leader and MP.

Rising through the ranks, Gogoi led the Congress in Assam to three consecutive electoral victories in the state. In 2012, he became the longest-serving chief minister in the state after serving for 12 consecutive years.

The Tallest Congress Leader In Assam

Tarun Gogoi started his political career as a ward member of the Jorhat Municipality in 1968.

In 1971, he was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) in the Lok Sabha and served for six terms till 2001, first from Jorhat and later from Koliabor.

However, Gogoi came into the national limelight after he was selected as the Joint Secretary of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) in 1976, under the then prime minister Indira Gandhi.

He then went on to serve the party as the President of the Assam Congress from 1986 to 1990, and was then re-elected for a second term in 1996.

He has also served four terms as Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) in Assam from 1986 to 2001, before being elected as chief minister for the first time.

He stayed CM from 2001 to 2016, a total of 15 years.

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