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Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi passes away at 84
Gogoi’s health condition deteriorated on Saturday afternoon as he became unconscious with difficulty in breathing.
Former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi passed away on Monday due to multi-organ failure. The Congress veteran was 84. Gogoi’s health condition deteriorated on Saturday afternoon as he became unconscious with difficulty in breathing. He was kept on a six hour dialysis on Sunday, state Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
Gogoi was diagnosed with Covid in August end and was administered plasma therapy when his condition worsened. He, later battled post-Covid complications after testing negative. He was on non-invasive ventilation since November 2, but on Saturday was put under invasive ventilation, said the doctors at the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), where Gogoi was under treatment.
Earlier today, state chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal left for Guwahati from Dibrugarh on a special flight, in view of Tarun Gogoi’s deteriorating condition.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also inquired about his health, his son Gaurav Gogoi said.
In the days before he was diagnosed with COVID-19, Gogoi was at the forefront of the Congress initiative to form a ‘Grand Alliance’, comprising all the opposition parties for the 2021 assembly polls.
Gogoi was elected chief minister of Assam in 2001 after he led the Congress to victory in the state elections. He since led the party to a record three consecutive electoral victories in the state as the CM.