The demise of former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on November 23, 2020, has left a huge void in the social and political scene of Assam. Political stalwarts remembered his skilful ways of handling various complicated and critical issues during his tenure as a CM. No wonder, even banned militant outfit ULFA-(I) commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah offered his condolences.
In his message to a local news daily, Baruah wished eternal peace for the departed soul of Gogoi. Baruah even said that during Gogoi’s tenure, he had made decisive efforts to solve the Assam-India conflict. Baruah mentioned that the “gruesome incidents of secret killings” in Assam came down after Gogoi came into power.
Even the President of ULFA-(I) Abhijit Asom in an email statement mentioned the secret killings. He added that Gogoi not only brought “Assam’s secret killings to an end,” but had taken up a leading role (mediator) in dealing with the People’s Consultative Group (PCG). This was a citizen’s group in Assam which was established by ULFA in 2005 to initiate the peace talk process.
The statement went on to state that ULFA-(I) “unhesitatingly acknowledges” the role that Gogoi has played to bring peace to the state. He added that Gogoi’s grandeur touched everyone irrespective of political parties, religion, and communities.
The former Assam chief minister passed away at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) at 5.34 pm on Monday. He was admitted to the hospital due to post-COVID related complications on November 4. The 86-year-old Congress veteran leader was on ventilator support following complaints of chest pain and breathing issues. Gogoi had suffered multiple organ failure and been on ventilator support for the past few days.
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