GUWAHATI, April 6 – Senior CPI leader Promode Gogoi breathed his last at 9.35 am at the GNRC today.
Gogoi had been critically ill since the past two days and kept on life support. He was admitted to the hospital on April 2 following nosebleed.
A member of the national executive of the party, Gogoi was recently re-elected to the post at the Patna party congress held in March.
Born on September 29, 1930, Gogoi was the youngest of 11 siblings, and he started his political career as a student of Class IX. He was elected to the Assam Legislative Assembly five times from the Sivasagar constituency and was also the Minister for Flood Control in the State Cabinet from 1996-2001.
Gogoi is survived by his granddaughter Purabi Gogoi and a host of relatives.
In his honour, the State headquarters of the CPI and all district units of the party will keep its flag at half mast for a week.
Floral tributes were paid to Gogoi at his Beltola residence, the State Legislative Assembly and at the CPI’s Rajgarh office. The party flag was spread on his body at the CPI office by his colleagues as a mark of respect.
Among those who offered floral tributes to Gogoi were litterateur Dr Hiren Gohain, Radha Bora of Asam Sahitya Sabha, Subodh Sarma of Mahanagar Unnayan Samity, Dr Sivanatha Barman, Upen Talukdar, Biren Kalita, and CPI members. Manju Mazumdar, member of the national executives, also offered tribute on behalf of the party’s central wing.
“A farsighted leader, Promode Gogoi was a pioneer of the farmers’ and oil workers’ movement in Assam. The
party and the State have lost a great organiser and leader who was concerned about the State and its people,” CPI leader and a close associate of Gogoi, Dhrupad Bargohain said.
Gogoi’s body has been taken to his native place Sivasagar and the last rites will be performed tomorrow.
Pranati Phukan, Minister of Cultural Affairs, will pay the last respects to Gogoi on behalf of the State Government.
Assam Governor JB Patnaik has condoled Gogoi’s death, describing him as a great Communist leader who served the people of Assam throughout his life. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has also condoled the death of the senior Communist leader. In his message, the Chief Minister said that the State would always remember his contributions towards the uplift of the poor and the downtrodden. The State wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party, while mourning the death of Gogoi, conveyed its sympathies towards the family members.
The Assam Senior Citizens’ Association, Assam Pradesh Congress Committee president Bhubaneswar Kalita and the GMC Harijan Mazdoor Union have also deeply mourned the death of Promode Gogoi.