Tarun Gogoi: Life in brief

Published: November 23,2020 05:55 PM

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November 21, 2020: With the demise of Tarun Gogoi, Assam lost not only a veteran politician but a rare leader with an universal appeal cutting across party lines.

November 21, 2020: With the demise of Tarun Gogoi, Assam lost not only a veteran politician but a rare leader with an universal appeal cutting across party lines.

Gogoi was born on April1, 1936 at Rangajan Tea Estate in erstwhile Sivasagar District. His father, Dr Kamaleshwar Gogoi was a medical practitioner and his mother Usha Gogoi was a housewife cum poet.

Gogoi did his schooling in No.26 Rangajan Nimna Buniyadi Vidyalaya, Jorhat Madrassa School, Bholaguri High School and Jorhat Government High School. He graduated from Jagannath Barooah College, Jorhat and did LLB from Gauhati University.

Gogoi was married to Dolly Gogoi and the couple have two children; daughter Chandrima Gogoi and son and MP Gaurav Gogoi.

His political career started in 1968 when he was appointed as a member of the Jorhat Municipal Board. In 1971, Gogoi was elected to the fifth Lok Sabha during the tenure of Indira Gandhi.

Gogoi has served six terms as a Member of Parliament from the Lok Sabha. He first represented Jorhat in 1971–85. Later Gogoi was elected from Kaliabor (1991–96/1998–2002).

Gogoi became a political leader with national stature after he was elected Joint Secretary of the All India Congress Committee in 1976 under Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. He later served as General Secretary of the AICC (1985–90) under Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Gogoi served in the P. V. Narasimha Rao Cabinet as Union Minister of State for Food and Food Processing Industry.

He served as the President of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee from 1986 to 90 during the AGP rule. He was elected to a second term as President in 1996. Gogoi has since served six terms as MLA. He first represented Margherita constituency in 1996–98. Since 2001, he has been representing Titabar constituency.

Gogoi became the chief minister of Assam in 2001 after leading the Congress to a thumping win. The Congress won the next two back-to-back elections under his leadership in 2006 and 2011. Thus he became the only chief minister of Assam to be at the helm for three terms. In 2016, his tenure came to an end after the Congress party suffered a defeat against the BJP.

Even after losing the elections, he had been very much vocal on issues pertaining to the interests of the state. Due to his stature, he has always been respected by leaders of not only the Congress party, but by the opposition parties as well. Recently, chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, while going to visit him at the GMCH, had said that Gogoi has been like a father-figure for him. Health minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sharma also hold his former mentor in high esteem despite political rivalry and had been regularly monitoring his health during the period of his hospitalisation.

During his tenure as CM, he had managed to curb insurgency in the state. He had also claimed that over 85 lakh people of Assam got employment during his term. He also has to his credit of improving the state's fiscal condition which was crippled during the previous AGP's regime.

From demonetisation to the Citizenship Act (Amendment) Act issue, Gogoi had ben very much critical on the important issues. Till days before he was tested Covid-19 positive on August 26, he took part in protest programmes of the Congress party against policies of the Narendra Modi government.

He had also donned the advocate's rob after 36 years during the hearing on petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Citizenship Amendment Act in the Supreme Court last December.

His political career in brief:

1968 : Member, Municipal Board, Jorhat.

1968 : Member, Municipal Board, Jorhat.

1971 : Lok Sabha MP.(1st term)

1976 : Joint Secretary, AICC

1977 : Lok Sabha MP. (2nd term)

1983 : Lok Sabha MP. (3rd term)

1983 : Joint Secretary, AICC.

1985 : General Secretary, AICC(I).

1986-1990 : President, APCC.

1991: Lok Sabha MP (4th term).

1991-1993 : Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Ministry of Food.

1993-1995 : Union Minister of State (Independent Charge). Ministry of Food Processing Industry.

1996-1998 : Member, Assam Assembly. (1stterm)

1998 : Lok Sabha MP (5th term).

1999 : Lok Sabha (6th term).

1998-99 : Member, Committee on Government Assurances

1998-99 : Member, Committee on External Affairs.

1998-99 : Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.

1999-2000 : Member, Committee on Railways.

18 May 2001 : Chief Minister, Assam. (1st Term)

Sept-2001 : Member, Assam Assembly. (2nd term)

11 May 2006 : Member, Assam Assembly. (3rd term)

14 May 2006 : Chief Minister, Assam (2nd Term)

13 May 2011 : Member, Assam Assembly. (4th term)

18 May 2011 : Chief Minister, Assam. (3rd Term)

19 May, 2016: Member, Assam Assembly. (5th term)

Social and Cultural Activities:       Treasurer, All Assam Moina Parijat

                                                                Children's Organisations and Chairman, Bharat Yuvak Samaj.

Special Interests:                             Sports and Golfer.

Hobbies:                                              Reading and gardening.

Sports and Clubs:                             Cricket, football and tennis

Countries Visited:                            Widely travelled.

Other Information:                         Director, Vayudoot

                                                                Member, Bar Council, Assam

                                                                Chairman, Assam Small Scale Industries Development Corporation

                                                                Vice-President J.B. College Students Union

                                                                Assam Inter college Students union

                                                                Joint Secretary, Jorhat Law College

                                                                Commander, Students Volunteer Corps.