Former Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Jarbom Gamlin passed away in a private hospital in Gurgaon following a brief illness late last evening, official sources in Itanagar said on Monday. He was 64. Survived by three daughters and a son, Gamlin’s body will be flown to his native Aalo on Tuesday.
Gamlin had taken over as chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh following the death of Dorjee Khandu in a helicopter crash on April 30, 2011, he had to resign following a major political crisis on October 31 the same year.
Born on April 16, 1961 at Aalo in West Siang district he was the second son of Sokjar Gamlin and Gamde Ete Gamlin. An alumnus of Sainik School, Goalpara (Assam) and graduated in History from St Stephen’s College, New Delhi and later took a degree in law from Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi in 1984.
President of All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) from 1981 to 1983, he was baptised into electoral politics by the legendary Tomo Riba (a former chief minister) in People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA). He was elected to the 13th Lok Sabha in 1999 from Arunachal West constituency and elected to the 4th Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly from Liromoba constituency in West Siang district in 2004 and was home minister in the Gegong Apang government. In 2009, he was re-elected to the 5th Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly from the same constituency and became power minister in the Dorjee Khandu government in 2009. (ends)