Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi passed away on Monday. He was 86.
He breathed his last at 5.34 pm at the Guwahati Medical College, informed Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
Gogoi, a three-time Chief Minister, was first admitted to the hospital on August 26 after testing positive for COVID-19 and was released for a brief period before being admitted again on November 2. His condition deteriorated on November 21, following multi-organ failure and was put on invasive ventilation.
Gogoi is survived by his wife Dolly, daughter Chandrima and son Gaurav.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and others mourned Gogoi's demise.
"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," tweeted PM Modi.
"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," President Kovind said.
"He will always 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. In this hour of grief, condolences to his family, friends and supporters," he added.
Here is what other politicians said after Gogoi's demise: