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Arunachal mourns first speaker Padi Yubbe's demise.

Itanagar, Jan 17 ( ANI ): Arunachal Pradesh lost one of its great sons, Padi Yubbe, one of the founding fathers of democratic institutions as first member of the Pradesh Council of North East Frontier Agency (NEFA), who passed away at Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute, Guwahati, on Friday.

He was 64 and is survived by two wives, eight sons and six daughters. His mortal remains, accompanied by his younger brother and UD Parliamentary Secretary Padi Richo and Yubbe's second wife, were taken from Guwahati to Lower Subansiri HQ Ziro in a GoAP chopper today for the last rites, which would be conducted at his native village Reru at 3 pm on Sunday, according to Richo, who remembered Yubbe as an "epoch maker of the Apatani community."

Governor Nirbhay Sarma and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki led the people of the state in mourning the demise of the leader and joining the bereaved family in praying for the eternal peace of the departed soul.

'Late Yubbe was a distinguished social activist who made immense contributions towards the state in various capacities during his long and distinguished political career. He will be always remembered as the first Speaker of our state's legislative assembly,' the governor said in his condolence message.

Tuki expressed shock and grief over Yubbe's demise, and said the state has lost a pioneer who served the state in its early and formative days.

"Late Yubbe is one of the first generation politicians and leaders of the state, who along with others of his time had given direction to the development and evolution of Arunachal Pradesh as a progressive state. His contributions cannot be surpassed and will be looked up as inspirations for all days to come," Tuki said in his condolence message.

Rajya Sabha member and APCC president Mukut Mithi in his condolence message described Yubbe as one of the pioneers who was instrumental in giving shape to the modern Arunachal Pradesh, and said his absence would be felt for a long time to come.

'He was a soft spoken man who endeared himself to everybody by his benevolent qualities. He is an ideal for the future generations of politicians,' Mithi said.

"A void has been created by the death of a towering leader who contributed immensely to the all-round development of the state during its formative days. He will always be remembered by the people for his nobility and his contributions," Finance Minister Chowna Mein and his wife, MLA Nang Sati Mein said.

Lok Sabha member Takam Sanjoy in his message said that though death is inevitable at times it is too harsh for human beings to accept and bear. While sharing the grief of the bereaved family, he called Yubee "a great humanist and political leader with a difference."

"Yubee's landmark achievements would continue to guide the Arunachlee society for times to come," said Agri-hortculture Commissioner Hage Kojeen.

Among others who mourned Yubbe's demise were former information commissioner Habung Payeng, the officers and staff of the Khadi and Village Industries Board, and the Popi Sarmin Society.

Born to late Padi Lailang on December 18, 1949, Yubbe after graduation was appointed first vice present of Ziro-I anchal of UT (January to February 1972) before being appointed first Pradesh Council Member of UT (1972 to August 14, 1975). He served in numerous posts including as first elected Speaker , cabinet minister, member of AICC, to name a few. By Pradeep Kumar ( ANI )

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