Arunachal Pradesh health and family welfare minister Jomde Kena passed away at a hospital in Guwahati around 9 pm on Monday after a prolonged illness.
Kena represented the Likabali constituency of Arunachal Pradesh.
Chief minister Pema Khandu expressed shock and grief over the sad demise of Kena. Pema, who was currently in the national capital, conveyed his deepest condolences to the bereaved family and the people, especially of Likabali Assembly Constituency.
“The sudden demise of Jomde Kena, who as a member of Team Arunachal had just started to bring reforms in the health department, is a bolt from nowhere”, said the CM in a statement.
“In his demise, our state has lost a seasoned politician and I have lost an elder brother, who was more than a friend,” he said.
In a Facebook post, Arunachal Pradesh deputy chief minister Chowna Mein mentioned Kena as a good friend and condoled his demise.
“It is a very sad moment for the people of Arunachal Pradesh as we loss a very young, energetic and capable cabinet minister. He was a very good friend of mine and was very close to me. I am deeply saddened with his demise. I pray to Almighty God for his family and close relatives to bestow enough strength to them to cope with during this trying times,” Mein wrote.
Kena was first elected to the Legislative Assembly in 2004. He was re-elected to the House from the same constituency in 2009 and 2014.
Kena was elected as deputy speaker during Nabam Tuki government and served as parliamentary secretary under the Dorjee Khandu and Jarbom Gamlin ministries.