ITANAGAR, Jan 17 � Padi Yubbe, former Arunachal Speaker passed away this morning after a prolonged illness. He breathed his last at 5 am at Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute in Guwahati.
He was 63 and is survived by two wives, eight sons and six daughters.
Hailing from Bulla (Reru) village of Ziro-Hapoli Assembly constituency in Lower Subansiri district, Yubbe, the senior-most Congress leader had served the party in various capacities like vice-president and organising secretary of Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee, member AICC and secretary of NE Youth Congress Coordination Committee.
Yubbe was elected to the First Legislative Assembly in 1978 and served as the Speaker. Prior to that, he became the Deputy Speaker of Provisional Legislative Assembly in 1975. He became a Cabinet Minister in 1979.
He also served as the Deputy Chairman of State Planning Board and Chairman of Zonal Committee of Khadi
& Village Industries Commission.
Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki condoled the death of Yubbe, terming him as a visionary and statesman of the State.
The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee and the Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong have expressed condolences on the sudden demise of the former Minister.
The APCC, in a condolence meeting observed a two minutes� silence as a mark of tribute to the departed leader.
APCC president Mukut Mithi, who is presently at New Delhi, also condoled the death of the senior Congress leader.