New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday condoled the death of former Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Kalikho Pul saying his passing away is a loss for the state as well as the country.
In a message to Pul’s wife Dangwimsai, he said he was shocked and distressed to learn about the untimely demise of the leader. “Words are difficult to give solace at this moment of deep loss to your family and you. Pul symbolised the hopes and aspirations of the youth of Arunachal Pradesh. He made significant contribution towards the welfare of the people of the state. In his death, we have lost a promising young leader who rose from a humble background and worked for the common man,” Mukherjee said in the message.
“I pray to the Almighty to give you, and the other members of your family, the strength to bear this irreparable loss,” he said. Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, who hails from Arunachal Pradesh, also expressed his deep condolences to the aggrieved family. “I am shocked and deeply saddened to know about the sad demise of Pul. I express my deepest condolences on his untimely and tragic demise.
“He was one of the greatest ‘Sons of the Soil’ from remote area of Arunachal Pradesh and despite hailing from a very humble origin, reached a great height in political career through sheer grit and hard work,” Rijiju said in a message from Bali, Indonesia, where he is attending an international meeting on counter terrorism.