From our correspondent
Itagar, Jan 20: Former Minister Tako Dabi breathed his last at the Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical sciences (TRIHMS) here after prolonged illness on Friday. He was 61, family sources said.
Born on August 8, 1957 in Tene village, Dabi had graduated from JN College, Pasighat and did his B.Ed from Dibrugarh University. He initially took up teaching as his profession. He started his political career in 1990 and won the MLA seat from the 36 ri-Koyu constituency consecutively for five terms.
During his tenure as lawmaker, he served the State in various capacities. He served as the Speaker of Aruchal Pradesh Legislative Assembly, held Home, Education, WRD, Agriculture, Horticulture portfolios as Minister till 2014.
Governor Brig (Retd) Dr BD Mishra grieved Dabi’s sudden demise.
In his condolence message to Dabi’s wife Miti Moyong Dabi, the Governor said: “In his departure, the State has lost a statesman, the society has lost an eminent worker and people have lost a great contributor to their welfare. His sudden demise has caused a great vacuum and an irreparable loss to the whole State in general and to the Galo community in particular.”
He added: “On behalf of the people of Aruchal Pradesh, my wife Neelam Misra and on my own behalf, I convey our deep condolences to you and the members of the bereaved family. May Almighty Donyi Polo give you the fortitude to bear this bereavement and grant eterl peace to the departed soul.”
Chief Minister Pema Khandu also mourned Dabi’s death. In a condolence letter to the departed lawmaker’s wife, Khandu said: “With a heavy heart, I write to share the grief of losing one of the most prominent persolities of political history of Aruchal Pradesh, Late Tako Dabi, a former Minister, teacher and an influential and dedicated leader in the Aruchal Pradesh Legislative Assembly.
“In his demise, our state has lost a seasoned politician and a person of high probity who was disciplined and committed. I believe, leaving this mortal world will not diminish the love and affection showered on him by the people and his god-fearing soul will remain immortal,” Khandu added.
“I know this would be the most trying times for you and your three children, relatives and people of the constituency that he proudly represented. I hope my humble words of consolation would ease the grief even if a little. In this moment of grief, me, my family, colleagues in the Government and people of Aruchal Pradesh extend our solidarity with you and share the pain inflicted on you by one of the greatest truths of life. I pray Almighty to bestow you with strength to bear the irreparable loss. May the soul of one of the ablest son of Aruchal Pradesh rest in peace in heavenly abode,” the letter from the chief minister read.
Former chief minister and lone Congress MLA bam Tuki, in his condolence message, said that the trends set by Dabi in all departments he had worked would serve as examples for present and future leaders to follow his footsteps. Such leaders with clarity in vision and wisdom are rare in present days.
APCC in a condolence meeting held at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, Itagar on Friday observed two minutes silence and declared that the party flag will fly half mast in APCC office for two-days as a mark of respect and tribute to the great soul. .