The former chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Kalikho Pul, 47, was found dead on the morning of 9 August.
Pul was found hanging at his Itanagar residence, according to reports.
Former Arunachal Pradesh CM Kalikho Pul passes away in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh. pic.twitter.com/3rmRuo2KA3— ANI (@ANI_news) August 9, 2016
Pul became the acting chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh on 19 February 2016 and held the post till July, when the Supreme Court restored former chief minister Nabam Tuki's Congress government in the state. The Congress later replaced Tuki with Pema Khandu, who staked claim to power with the backing of 45 party MLAs and two Independents.
Pul also returned to the Congress fold along with 30 dissident MLAs.
Several leaders from Congress party expressed shock and sadness at the untimely demise of Pul.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi expressed shock at the untimely and tragic demise of Kalikho Pul.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi has expressed shock at the untimely & tragic demise of Kalikho Pul.— ANI (@ANI_news) August 9, 2016
Shocked and deeply saddened at the untimely demise of Kalikho Pulji. My heart goes out to his family & loved ones— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) August 9, 2016
Congress leader Ninong Ering said that he was shocked to hear about the news and suggested that "lonliness crept into him."
He was staying in CM's House, maybe loneliness crept into him. When your mind is empty, its a devils workshop: Ninong Ering #KalikhoPul— ANI (@ANI_news) August 9, 2016
Extending her condolences to the family of Shri Pul. She prayed for the peace of the departed soul.— ANI (@ANI_news) August 9, 2016
It is sad & really unfortunate that young leader Kalikho Pul is no more with us: Ex Arunachal Pradesh CM Nabam Tuki— ANI (@ANI_news) August 9, 2016