Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi returned home on Friday afternoon after 45 days' absence owing to a cardiac ailment. He is scheduled to begin work from Monday.
Gogoi, who has a pacemaker, had to leave a conference in New Delhi midway late August after a sudden deterioration of health. He was shifted to Mumbai where he underwent bypass surgery.
After his discharge from the hospital last week, the CM reached New Delhi where he met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and said he was ready to take the reins of the state again. He was earlier scheduled to arrive here on September 8, but astrologers advised him not to citing "inauspicious alignment of the stars".
All members of the ruling Congress-Bodoland People's Front alliance were present at the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi Airport here as Gogoi's flight landed a tad before 2 pm. Welcome committees comprising Congress workers and cultural troupes lined the 20 km stretch from the airport to Gogoi's official residence atop a hill on the Assam-Meghalaya border.
"His arrival has infused energy in us," said Health Minister and government spokesman Himanta Biswa Sarma. "Though the CM will be working from Monday, he has been advised rest for a month."