PM Modi said, "My thoughts are with the family & supporters of Kalikho Pul on his sad demise."

My thoughts are with the family & supporters of Kalikho Pul on his sad demise. His service to Arunachal Pradesh will be remembered: PM

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 9, 2016

Sonia Gandhi expressed shock over the suicide of Kalikho Pul. She tweeted.

Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi has expressed shock at the untimely & tragic demise of Shri Kalikho Pul.

— INC India (@INCIndia) August 9, 2016

Pul, 47, was found hanging from a ceiling fan at his residence in Itanagar which triggered shock waves nationwide. Pul assumed office on February 19, unseating then Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and held the post till July 13 when the state Congress Legislature Party (CLP) elected Pema Khandu as its leader. Khandu became the Chief Minister on July 16, but Pul was yet to vacate the official residence.

Congress MP Ninong Ering said he was shocked by Pul's suicide."Maybe loneliness crept into him. When your mind is empty, it is a devil's workshop," he said.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said he was "shocked and deeply saddened over the untimely demise of Kalikho Pulji. My heart goes out to his family".

Jitendra Singh, the Minister of State for Development for Northeastern Region, added: "Pul had a promising career that has been cut short.

"Communist leader D. Raja called the suicide "shocking" and said it was for the central government to find out what had happened.

Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi, son of former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, said: "We are really saddened. He was just 47 years old. We pray for Pul's family."

Pul, who represents Hyuliang constituency in eastern Arunachal Pradesh, had served in various capacities in the Arunachal Pradesh including as the finance minister, power minister and tribal affairs minister.

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