Tarun Gogoi (Assamese: তৰুণ গগৈ)[1] is an Indian politician who served as the Chief Minister of Assam from 2001 to 2016.[2][3][4] He is a member of the Indian National Congress and led the party to a record three consecutive electoral victories in Assam. He completed 15 consecutive years as Chief Minister of Assam on 18 May 2016.[3]

Tarun Gogoi
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13th Chief Minister of Assam
In office
17 May 2001 – 24 May 2016
Preceded byPrafulla Kumar Mahanta
Succeeded bySarbananda Sonowal
Member of Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
20 September 2001
Preceded byDip Gogoi
Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Food Processing Industries
In office
Member of Parliament
In office
Preceded byKeshab Mahanta
Succeeded byDip Gogoi
Member of Legislative Assembly
In office
Preceded byKul Bahadur Chetri
Succeeded byPradyut Bordoloi
Member of Parliament
In office
Preceded byBhadreswar Tanti
Succeeded byKeshab Mahanta
Member of Parliament
In office
Preceded byRajendranath Barua
Succeeded byParag Chaliha
Personal details
Born (1936-10-11) 11 October 1936 (age 83)[1]
Jorhat district, Assam Province, British India
(present-day Assam, India)
Political partyIndian National Congress
Spouse(s)Dolly Gogoi
ChildrenChandrima Gogoi and Gaurav Gogoi
ParentsDr. Kamaleswar Gogoi (father) and Usha Gogoi (mother)
Alma materGauhati University
ProfessionLawyer, politician

Early lifeEdit

Gogoi was born on 11 October 1936[5] into an ethnic Assamese Tai-Ahom family at Rangajan Tea Estate,[6][7] erstwhile Sivasagar District, now the Jorhat District of Assam.[8][9][10]

His father, Dr Kamaleshwar Gogoi[9] was a medical practitioner at Rangajan Tea Estate[9] and his mother, Usha Gogoi, younger sister of the renowned poet Ganesh Gogoi, was known for her collection of poetry, Hiyar Samahar (Heart’s Treasures).[9][10]

Fondly called Punakon by his parents, Tarun Gogoi began his primary education at the No.26 Rangajan Nimna Buniyadi Vidyalaya (lower foundation school). From there he moved on to Jorhat Madrassa School where he studied up to class IV, and then moved to Bholaguri High School located near Badulipar Tea Estate where he studied till class VI. In 1949, young Gogoi was enrolled at the Jorhat Government High School, from where he passed the HSLC Examination. He did his graduation from Jagannath Barooah College, located at Jorhat District, of Assam and after that he did LLB from Gauhati University, Assam. He is designated as an alumnus of the prestigious Jagannath Barooah College, Jorhat.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Tarun Gogoi married Dolly Gogoi on 30 July 1972. Dolly Gogoi is a post-graduate in Zoology from Gauhati University. They have two children; daughter Chandrima, an MBA and son, Gaurav Gogoi, a member of parliament from Kaliabar, who holds a degree in Public Administration from New York University.[10]

Political careerEdit

Gogoi has served six terms as a Member of Parliament (MP) from the Lok Sabha. He first represented Jorhat in 1971–85. Later Gogoi was elected from Kaliabor (1991–96/1998–2002).[10] The Kaliabor seat is currently held by his son Gaurav Gogoi.

Gogoi became a political leader with national stature after he was elected Joint Secretary of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) in 1976 under Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.[10][11] He later served as General Secretary of the AICC (1985–90) under Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.[10] Gogoi served in the Union Cabinet of India under Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao as Union Minister of State in the Food and Food Processing Industry departments (1991–96).[8]

Gogoi served as the President of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) in 1986–90.[8] He was elected to a second term as President in 1996. Gogoi has since served four terms as a Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) in the legislature of Assam. He first represented Margherita constituency in the legislature in 1996–98. Gogoi has represented the Titabar constituency since 2001.[8]

Gogoi was elected Chief Minister of Assam in 2001 after he led the Indian National Congress to victory in the state elections.[8] He has since led the party to a record three consecutive electoral victories in the state as Chief Minister. But outcome of the recent Lok Sabha has put him in hard time managing his own cabinet colleagues. Congress won only three out of 14 Lok Sabha seats from Assam. On the other hand BJP got seven seats, which is the highest number of seats won by the party in any Lok Sabha election in Assam. Before the election, Gogoi had declared that he would resign from the post of Chief Minister if the Congress party won less than seven out of 14 Lok Sabha seats.[12] In July 2014, Gogoi indicated that he might not lead the party in the 2016 Assembly elections.[13][14]

Position held in the pastEdit

  • 1968 : Member, Municipal Board, Jorhat.
  • 1968 : Member, Municipal Board, Jorhat.
  • 1971 : Elected to 5th Lok Sabha.
  • 1976 : Joint Secretary, All India Congress Committee.
  • 1977 : Re-elected to 6th Lok Sabha (2nd term).
  • 1983 : Re-elected to 7th Lok Sabha (3rd term).
  • 1983 : Joint Secretary All India Congress Committee (AICC(I)).
  • 1985 : General Secretary, All India Congress Committee (AICC(I).
  • 1986-1990 : President, Pradesh Congress Committee P.C.C.(I)), Assam.
  • 1991-1993 : Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Ministry of Food.
  • 1993-1995 : Union Minister of State (Independent Charge). Ministry of Food Processing Industry.
  • 1993-1995 : Member, Assam Legislative Assembly.
  • 1997-1998 : Elected as Member of ALA.
  • 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.
  • 1998 : Re-elected to 12th Lok Sabha (5th term).
  • 1999 : Re-elected to 13th Lok Sabha (6th term).
  • 1999-2000 : Member, Committee on Railways.
  • 18 May 2001 : Assumed the Office of Chief Minister, Assam. (1st Term)
  • Sept-2001 : Elected as Member of ALA.
  • 11 May 2006 : Elected as Member of ALA.
  • 14 May 2006 : Assumed the Office of Chief Minister, Assam (2nd Term)
  • 13 May 2011 : Elected as Member of ALA.
  • 18 May 2011 : Assumed the Office of Chief Minister, Assam. (3rd Term)


  1. ^ a b TNN 12 Oct 2012, 05.29AM IST (12 October 2012). "Quiet celebration on Gogoi birthday - Times Of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
  2. ^ "Regional players eye key role".
  3. ^ a b sentinelassam.com 23 May 2013, 12.35PM IST (17 May 2013). "Tarun Gogoi : Leading from the front - The Sentinel". sentinelassam.com. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  4. ^ "I am real Hindu, they are fake, says Assam CM Tarun Gogoi".
  5. ^ http://www.elections.in/political-leaders/tarun-gogoi.html
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 March 2016. Retrieved 1 April 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi turns 81 - The Economic Times". Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  8. ^ a b c d e "About Chief Minister of Assam". Government of Assam. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
  9. ^ a b c d Hussain, Wasbir (2010). Tarun Gogoi – the inside story of a blunt politician. Wordweaves India, Guwahati. pp. 11–55. ISBN 978-81-909903-2-5.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g R.C., Rajamani (2000). Portraits of India's Parliamentarians for the New Millennium: Lok Sabha. Gyan Books. p. 111. ISBN 978-8121207027.
  11. ^ "Assam CM Tarun Gogoi's official biography released". Times of India. 27 December 2010. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
  12. ^ "Congress juggernaut decimates AGP, BJP in Assam". Hindustan Times. 13 May 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
  13. ^ "Tarun Gogoi may opt out by 2016". ABP Live. 8 July 2014.
  14. ^ "Anger against Tarun Gogoi increases, 32 MLAs resign". Patrika Group (21 July 2014). Retrieved 21 July 2014.
Lok Sabha
Preceded by
Rajendranath Barua
Member of Parliament
for Jorhat

1971 – 1984
Succeeded by
Parag Chaliha
Preceded by
Bhadreswar Tanti
Member of Parliament
for Kaliabor

1991 – 1996
Succeeded by
Keshab Mahanta
Preceded by
Keshab Mahanta
Member of Parliament
for Kaliabor

1998 – 2001
Succeeded by
Dip Gogoi
Political offices
Preceded by
Prafulla Kumar Mahanta
Chief Minister of Assam
17 May 2001 – 24 May 2016
Succeeded by
Sarbananda Sonowal

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