ITANAGAR, Jan 19 - Former Arunachal Pradesh Home Minister Tako Dabi passed away after a prolonged illness on Thursday.
The senior Congress leader and former Speaker breathed his last at Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences, Naharlagun around 10.30 pm last night.
He was 60 and is survived by his wife and three children.
The five-time MLA from Nari-Koyu constituency was not keeping well for quite some time. He was admitted to the hospital last month. Earlier, he underwent treatment at a Guwahati hospital but was airlifted to his native place Nari on December 4 last when his health condition deteriorated.
Born on August 8, 1957 at Tene village in the then West Siang district, late Dabi had graduated from JN College, Pasighat and did his BEd from Dibrugarh University. He was first elected as MLA from Nari-Koyu constituency in 1990 and won the seat for five consecutive terms.
During his tenure as lawmaker, he served the State in various capacities like, Speaker (1995-98), Education Minister (1998), Agriculture (1999), Adviser to CM (2004), Parliamentary Affairs, Law & IFCD (2006) and Fisheries, Industries & Home (2009-11).
Chief Minister Pema Khandu has deeply mourned the sad demise of former Minister Tako Dabi and conveyed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.
In a condolence letter to late Dabi�s wife, Khandu wrote: �In his demise, our State has lost a seasoned politician and a person of high probity who was disciplined and committed.�
Former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki also expressed shock and grief over the demise of Tako Dabi.
Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein and Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) led by its president Takam Sanjoy have also expressed their grief and deep sense of condolence on the untimely demise of veteran Congress leader Tako Dabi.