The sudden demise of veteran Congress leader and former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi has come as a major loss for the political landscape in the region.
The Chief Ministers and leaders of eight northeastern states mourned the demise of the veteran leader, whose political career spanned over five decades.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said the State has lost an experienced, capable and efficient political leader. He was a people’s leader who had great contribution in the state’s political and public sphere.
“Even though we were in Opposition parties, we shared a wonderful rapport and he was a guiding figure,” Sonowal said.
Tarun Gogoi was a people's leader who had great contribution in Assam's political and public sphere. Even though we were in Opposition parties, we shared a wonderful rapport and he was a guiding figure. My deepest condolences to his family and well-wishers. @GauravGogoiAsm pic.twitter.com/5x41EFwyuy
— Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) November 23, 2020
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh expressed deep shock and offered heartfelt condolences on the demise of the veteran politician.
In his condolence message, Biren Singh said that the country, especially the Northeast region, has lost a great public leader.
Deeply painful to hear about the tragic demise of ex-CM of Assam, Tarun Gogoi ji. It is a great lost to the people of NE and nation as a whole.
May God give, family and friends grieving the immeasurable loss they suffered, the strength to overcome the pain. pic.twitter.com/CyMOhNuyy2
— N.Biren Singh (@NBirenSingh) November 23, 2020
Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma remembered Gogoi as a tall leader, who was respected across party lines and adored for his immeasurable contributions towards the cause of Assam and the Northeast.
Pained to learn about Former Assam CM, Sh.Tarun Gogoi's passing. He was a tall leader, respected across party lines & adored for his immeasurable contributions towards the cause of Assam & the Northeast. His demise will create a huge vaccum in the political arena of the NE. pic.twitter.com/BOKN3vsfga
— Conrad Sangma (@SangmaConrad) November 23, 2020
Mizoram CM Zoramthanga described the death of the veteran Congress leader as a huge loss for the Northeast region.
This is such a huge loss for North East India. pic.twitter.com/HmHsnfvj49
— Zoramthanga (@ZoramthangaCM) November 23, 2020
Expressing deep anguish over the demise of Tarun Gogoi, Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb said that Assam has lost a senior leader and a veteran administrator.
Deeply saddened by the passing away of Shri Tarun Gogoi Ji.
In his passing away, Assam has lost a senior leader and a veteran administrator.
My sincere condolences to his family and supporters in this hour of grief.
ॐ शांति! pic.twitter.com/m1Efqs1VOc
— Biplab Kumar Deb (@BjpBiplab) November 23, 2020
Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio, Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu and Sikkim CM PS Golay also condoled the demise of the political stalwart.
I am sad to learn about the demise of former Chief Minister of Assam and senior Congress leader @tarun_gogoi. The country has lost a veteran leader with vast political experience. My deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. May the departed soul rest in peace.
— Neiphiu Rio (@Neiphiu_Rio) November 23, 2020
Saddened by passing away of former CM of Assam Shri @tarun_gogoi Ji. My sincere condolences to the family. My thoughts and prayers with them in this hour of grief. #TarunGogoi pic.twitter.com/5AfCxTOxmA
— Pema Khandu པདྨ་མཁའ་འགྲོ་། (@PemaKhanduBJP) November 23, 2020
I express my heartfelt condolences on the demise of the former Chief Minister of Assam Shri Tarun Gogoi Ji, one of the stalwart leaders of our country.
My thoughts and prayers goes out to the bereaved family and friends. Prayers for the departed soul.#RIPtarungogoi #CmoSikkim pic.twitter.com/hhB3TO1N6T
— Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) (@GolayPs) November 23, 2020