Khandu, Rijiju, Pradesh BJP chief attend last journey of Arunachal health minister

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GENSI, Sept 6. The mortal remains of health and family welfare minister Jomde Kena were laid to rest on Wednesday at his hometown Gensi in West Siang district as hundreds of thousands gathered for a final glimpse of their beloved leader.

Kena’s body, placed in a casket that was draped in the national Tricolour, was lowered with the full state honour.

In the morning, thousands with tearful eyes thronged the residence of Kena to pay their last respects to the departed soul.

The state funeral, which included a 21-gun salute, was attended by people from all walks of life, a testament to the adulation the late minister enjoyed among the masses.

The mortal remains of Kena were flown to Naharlagun on Tuesday from Guwahati and then was taken to his native village Gensi. The state government declared a two-day state mourning from Tuesday.

Several politicians including chief minister Pema Khandu, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju and the state BJP president Tapir Gao were among those who were present during the last journey of the young minister, who passed away in a Guwahati hospital on Monday after undergoing treatment there for the past one month.

Khandu, cutting short his Delhi visit, air-dashed to Gensi along with Rijiju and Gao on Wednesday.

The chief minister remembered Late Kena as one of the most down-to earth persons who always had a smile playing on his lips whatever may be the situation. He called him a fighter, who even fought death till the last moment.

“As a minister and as an elected representative of  Likabali Assembly Constituency, Late Kena did a lot. He would have done more for welfare and development of his constituency and the state if his life was not cut short,” Khandu said assuring that all his visions and dreams for his people and the state would be fulfilled. “That’s the best tribute we can give to him,” the chief minister said.

Rijiju also remembered Late Kena as a trustworthy, energetic and ever-smiling friend. He recalled his many interactions with the late leader in the earlier years of his political career, especially during the last parliamentary elections.

Like Khandu, Rijiju too assured that all dreams and visions of Late Kena would  be fulfilled.

While sharing his rapport with Late Kena, the state BJP chief broke down while recalling his last conversation with the departed soul over the phone.

Those who attended the last rites included deputy speaker Tumke Bagra, Home minister Kumar Waii, Education minister Honchun Ngandam, PR and RD minister Alo Libang, Veterinary & Animal Husbandry minister Dr Mahesh Chai, Parliamentary secretaries Pakgna Bage, Likha Saaya, Nyamar Karbak and Zignu Namchoom, MLAs Gojen Gadi and Jarkar Gamlin, Lok Sabha East MP Ninong Ering, former chief minister Gegong Apang, West Siang deputy commissioner and superintendent of police and others.

Late Kena is survived by his wife Dajum Nada Kena, four daughters and two sons.

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