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Few Facts of Tarun Gogoi's Life

24 Nov, 2020
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Tarun Gogoi was born on 1 April 1936 into an ethnic Assamese Tai-Ahom family at Jorhat district of Assam.
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His father, Kamaleshwar Gogoi was a medical practitioner at Rangajan Tea Estate.
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He began his primary education at No. 26 Rangajan Nimna Buniyadi Vidyalaya then moved to Jorhat Madrassa School and then to Bholaguri High School.
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He passed his Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSLC) from the Jorhat Government High School, before graduating from the Jagannath Barooah College.
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He obtained his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the Gauhati University.
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Gogoi started his political career as a member of the municipal board at Jorhat in 1968 before being elected to the Fifth Lok Sabha in 1971 from Jorhat.
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Gogoi married Dolly Gogoi, a post-graduate in Zoology from Gauhati University, on 30 July 1972.
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The couple have two children, a daughter, Chandrima Gogoi, an MBA, and a son, Gaurav Gogoi, a member of parliament from Kaliabor.
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He represented Kaliabor in the Tenth Lok Sabha between 1991 and 1996, and the Twelfth and Thirteenth Lok Sabha between 1998 and 2001.
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During his second term in the Lok Sabha, he was elected as the Joint Secretary of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) in 1976 under Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
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He later served as the General Secretary of the AICC, from 1985 to 1990, under Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
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In the Thirteenth Lok Sabha he was a member of the Committee on Railways.
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He served as the President of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) between 1986 and 1990.
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He was elected Chief Minister of Assam in 2001, after leading the Indian National Congress.
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He emerged as the longest serving chief minister of the state in a tenure from 2001 to 2016.
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By the time he he ended his tenure as the chief minister, an improved law and order and a relatively violence free tenure were considered his legacy.
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Then from August 2020 his health started detorioting, and after a long battle, he died on 23 November 2020.
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