Former Arunachal Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin Dies at 53

Former Arunachal Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin Dies at 53
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Former Arunachal Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin Dies at 53

Former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin died at a hospital in Gurgaon, his family said today.

He was 53. Gamlin was suffering from liver thrombosis when he passed away last night.

He is survived by his wife, three daughters and a son.

His body will be flown to Aalo in West Siang district of Arunachal on Tuesday, they said.

Born on April 16 in 1961 at Aalo, Gamlin studied at Sainik School in Goalpara in Assam and graduated in History from St Stephen's College in Delhi. He obtained his law degree from Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi in 1984. Later, he practised as a lawyer in Dibrugarh.

He was President of the All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) for three years from 1981.

Although Gamlin first joined the People's Party of Arunachal (PPA), he switched over to Congress and became a member of the Lok Sabha from 1999-2004.

In 2004, he was elected to the state Assembly and became Home Minister in the Gegong Apang ministry.

In 2009, he became Power Minister in the Dorjee Khandu government.

On May 5, 2011, Gamlin became the chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh after the death of Dorjee Khandu in a chopper accident.

His six-month-long chief ministerial tenure came to an end on October 31, 2011 after he resigned from the post following political upheaval in the state.

Gamlin was also elected to the Assembly this year.

Condolences today poured in from various quarters on the sudden demise of former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin.

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju in his condolence message said, "Arunachal Pradesh lost an illustrious son. Achi Jarbom Gamlin has left us but he will remain in our heart forever. I will fondly and forever remember his special love for me and the people of Arunachal Pradesh."

"He was always upright and honest in his duty as Chief Minister, MP, minister and AAPSU president. We will always cherish his contributions," Rijiju added.

Arunchal Pradesh Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma has expressed shock and grief on the sudden demise Gamlin.

In his condolence letter to Sakhuntala D Gamlin, the Governor said that in passing away of former Chief Minister, the state has lost a distinguished social activist, law luminary and dynamic leader.

The Governor said Gamlin was an important political figure of Arunachal Pradesh who made immense contribution towards the state in various capacities, including as Member of Parliament and state Minister for Home and Power during his long and distinguished political career.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki while expressing shock and grief over the demise of his predecessor, in a condolence message to the bereaved family members said that Jarbom Gamlin will always be remembered as one of the most learned and proficient political stalwarts ever produced by the state.

"His footsteps and the contributions made to West Siang district as MLA for consecutive terms, to the state as Chief Minister and minister in various portfolios, and to the country as Member of the Lok Sabha during his long decades of political career will remain immortal.

"He will always have a special place in the hearts of every Arunachalee. His loss has ended an era of exemplary achievements made as a leader of the masses," Tuki said.

State unit BJP president Tai Tagak and various organizations also mourned the sudden demise of Gamlin.


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