Assam bids emotional farewell to state's longest-serving chief minister Tarun Gogoi

Assam bids emotional farewell to state’s longest-serving chief minister Tarun Gogoi

The remaining rites of former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi have been carried out on Thursday with full state honours on the Nabagraha Cremation floor in Guwahati. Assam bade an emotional farewell to its beloved Tarun Gogoi.

Amid the chanting of hymns, preceded by a gun salute and band performed by the Assam Police, the state’s longest-serving chief minister’s mortal stays have been consigned to flames by his son Gaurav Gogoi.

Gaurav, a Lok Sabha MP, carrying the standard ‘chelleng sador’ (a scarf) and dhoti together with a face masks, lit the pyre after performing the rituals. Gogoi’s spouse Dolly, daughter Chandrima, daughter-in-law Elizabeth and different relations positioned sandalwood on the pyre earlier than it was lit by Gaurav.

The 84-year outdated three-time chief minister, twice Union minister and six-time Lok Sabha MP died on November 23 following a virtually four-month battle with COVID-19 and associated issues.

The mortal stays of the “secular leader in theory and practice” have been taken to a church, namghar, mosque, temple and a Bihu perform subject, as per his final want, earlier than it was consigned to flames. It was an emotional journey, not often seen in Assam, with scores of admirers and onlookers stopping the flower-bedecked truck at a number of locations, bowing their heads earlier than the large cut-outs of Gogoi on the automobile, and providing floral tributes.

There was a sea of humanity all over the place with footpaths, dividers, automobile tops and roofs of buildings occupied by women and men alongside the practically 25-km-long procession route. The crowd thickened because the day superior. Cutting throughout age teams, folks have been seen weeping, whereas a whole lot have been taking footage and movies of the final journey of their beloved chief.

Traditional drums and cymbals have been performed, and conch shells have been blown alongside the whole route. The metropolis got here to a standstill, particularly alongside the arterial Guwahati-Shillong Road, RGB Road, MD Road, GNB Road, Lamb Road, and different locations like Rukminigaon, Ganeshguri, Zoo gate, Commerce College level, Chandmari and Guwahati Club level.

Shops and industrial institutions at a number of locations in Guwahati and different elements of the state pulled their shutters down as a mark of respect. The state authorities had introduced a half-day vacation from 1 pm on Thursday. The Congress stalwart died right here on November 23 whereas present process remedy for post-COVID-19 issues on the age of 84 years.

“Gogoi sir was truly a secular leader in theory and practice. There are many leaders who preach secularism but never follow it. Gogoi sir even allowed his son Gaurav to marry a Christian girl from the UK. So, he encouraged cultural assimilation also,” Congress spokesperson Rhituporna Konwar mentioned.

Earlier at 7:30 am, the previous chief minister’s glass coffin, wrapped in flowers, was taken out from Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra, the place his physique was stored for the general public to pay their respect, to his official residence at Dispur. At the residence, his relations accomplished rituals and his spouse Dolly, daughter Chandrima, daughter-in-law Elizabeth and grandchildren bid adieu to him.

Congress basic secretary Jitendra Singh and plenty of different distinguished leaders paid their final respects to the departed chief at his home. Among the pallbearers who carried his physique as much as the automobile have been his son Gaurav Gogoi, Congress state unit chief Ripun Bora and different leaders.

The automobile then began transferring slowly in a procession alongside the GS Road in direction of a church at Rukminigaon. The physique was not introduced down from the automobile and the Reverend Father led the large gathering on the street itself to hope for Gogoi. “On behalf of the Congress and the family, we express our heartfelt gratitude for the respect you have shown from the church family members. We will be ever grateful to you all,” Bora mentioned standing beside Gogoi’s physique.

Then it moved alongside the GS Road and RGB Road passing via the busy Ganeshguri market, the place it needed to cease a number of occasions for the group to pay homage, and reached the Namghar (a spot of worship for Vaishnavite followers) at Zoo-Tiniali level. Here too, prayers have been provided on the street itself.

After a while, the automobile moved alongside the RGB Road additional and reached Chandmari, the place folks in massive numbers have been ready to supply their tributes. Till Guwahati Club level, the convoy was transferring at a snail’s tempo as a result of big crowd. The Imam of the Burha Jame Masjid at Ambari too provided his prayer for Gogoi’s everlasting peace, in presence of a big crowd, on the street. Then the mortal stays have been then taken to the Ugratara temple on Lamb Road the place monks provided prayers.

Live TV

Due to paucity of time, the procession gave a miss to the Sukleswar temple on the financial institution of the Brahmaputra on the MG Road. The convoy stopped for a couple of minutes on the Latasil playground, a landmark cultural spot in Guwahati the place the oldest Bihu perform takes place. Durga Puja can be celebrated on the similar venue.

It lastly reached the Nabagraha crematorium at round 2 pm after a three-and-half-hour lengthy procession, virtually three hours later than its scheduled time. The administration had organized 1,000 seats within the crematorium advanced. Other might watch the proceedings on huge LED screens put in outdoors. 

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