Former Arunachal CM Jarbom Gamlin dead

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Itanagar, Dec 2: Former Arunachal Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin passed away at the age of 53. He had liver thrombosis, which affected other vital organs.

He was being treated at the Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon. He breathed his last at 11.15 pm on Sunday night, his family said on Monday. He is survived by three daughters and a son.

His body will be flown to his native place Aalo in West Siang district on Tuesday.

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

Gamlin started his political career as a leader of All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU). He was the president of AAPSU from 1981-83.

He was baptised into electoral politics by the State’s regional party leaders like Tomo Riba and Bakin Pertin in the People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA). He was a member of Lok Sabha from 1999-2004 representing Arunachal West Lok Sabha constituency.

In 2004, he was elected to the Arunachal Assembly from Liromoba constituency in West Siang district and became the Home Minister in the Gegong Apang Ministry. In 2009, he was re-elected from the same seat and became the Power Minister in the Dorjee Khandu Ministry.

On May 5, 2011, Gamlin became Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh after the death of Dorjee Khandu on April 30, 2011 in a helicopter accident.

But his six-month-long tenure came to an end on Oct 31, 2011, after he resigned from the post due to political crisis in the State.

He was re-elected to the Assembly in 2014 for the third consecutive term.

Arunachal Governor Lt Gen Nirbhay Sharma (Retd) and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today offered prayers to Almighty Donyi-Polo for eternal peace of the departed soul.

The Governor said in his death, the State has lost a distinguished social activist, legal luminary and dynamic leader.

In his condolence message, Tuki said that late Gamlin will always be remembered as one of the most learned and proficient political stalwarts ever produced by the State.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi expressed grief over the demise of former Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Jarbom Gamlin, a press release in Guwahati said.

The Chief Minister has expressed deep condolences over his death and said that in his passing away, the society has lost a visionary leader who had worked for development of the region.

Chief Minister Gogoi has extended his condolence for the bereaved family of Jarbom Gamlin and prayed to the Almighty for eternal peace of his departed soul.

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