Assam’s opposition leader Debabrata Saikia, while mourning the death of former chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday, said that Gogoi resolved the economic crisis and secret killings in the state with great efficiency when he assumed power. He added that Gogoi was “Bhishma Pitamaha” for the Congress workers in the state of Assam.
“I am distraught at the demise of our esteemed leader, Tarun Gogoi, who was the only person to become the chief minister of Assam for three successive terms,” the Congress leader said.
“He has left us grief-stricken and rudderless. He had become an institution by himself during his lifetime and his demise has left a vacuum not only in Assam but India as well,” he added.
Saikia asserted that during Gogoi’s 15-year tenure as the Chief Minister of Assam, many developmental works took place including the construction of the first four-lane highways, the establishment of new medical colleges in various places, a women”s university in Jorhat, a fashion design institute, and a new Secretariat complex at Dispur.
“Assam was beset by an economic crisis and secret killings, among others, when Gogoi became the chief minister for the first time. He resolved these problems with great efficiency,” Saikia said, adding that his political career, which began in 1971, continued for five decades and won elections to the Lok Sabha and the assembly.
Furthermore, Saikia also shared his work experience with the former CM.
“Gogoi sat next to me in the House and I got the opportunity to know a lot of things about him. Sometimes, he would express the desire to speak in the House on some specific issue and I would then reserve the entire time allotted to the Congress legislature party for Gogoi. On such occasions, he would come prepared with detailed notes on sheets of paper,” Saikia said.
Tarun Gogoi breathed his last at the age of 86. He was the chief minister of Assam from 2001 to 2016, a six-time parliamentarian and Union minister twice.