Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Health and Family Welfare Minister Jomde Kena died at a private hospital in Guwahati after a protracted illness, family sources said on Tuesday.

File image of Jomde Kena. Image courtesy: Twitter

Image of Jomde Kena. Courtesy: Twitter

Kena (52) expired Monday night. He had been a resident of Gensi village in Lower Siang district and has been undergoing therapy in Guwahati in the past one month, the sources stated.

Kena, who represented Likabali constituency, was elected to the Assembly in 2004. He was by exactly the constituency in 2009 and 2014.

Kena was chosen as the deputy speaker during the Nabam Tuki government and served under the Dorjee Khandu and Jarbom Gamlin ministries.

He’s survived by his wife, four daughters and 2 sons.

Where the last rites could be carried out on Wednesday the remains of Kena would be flown to his native village and to Naharlagun on Tuesday out of Guwahati Gensi.

The state administration has declared state mourning and declared a vacation on Wednesday.

Chief Minister Pema Khandu has expressed shock and grief over Kena’s passing.

Khandu, who is in Delhi for an official interview, conveyed his deepest condolences to the folks and the bereaved family members, especially those of the Assembly constituency.

At a message, he explained, “In his death, our nation has lost a veteran politician and I’ve lost an elder brother who had been more than a buddy.”

“On behalf of the folks, I communicate my profound condolences to the members of the family, friends and well wishers. I pray for his soul to rest in eternal peace,” it added.

Released Date: Sep 05, 2017 02:55 pm | Updated Date: Sep 05, 2017 03:00 pm

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