As it happened: Pema Khandu sworn-in as Arunchal Pradesh chief minister

Jul, 17 2016 IST

  • 15:46 (IST)

    All the differences within have been resolved under one roof, says Khandu

  • 15:44 (IST)

    Public expectations are high; will work hard: Khandu

  • 14:21 (IST)

    Pema Khandu addresses media after being sworn-in as the CM of the Arunachal Pradesh

    The newly sworn-in Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh addresses the media after his oath-taking ceremony. 

    "We'll try to fulfill our responsibilities, and focus on starting new projects. We will look at completion of stalled projects for the development of the state," Khandu said. 

  • 13:25 (IST)

    Differences have ended once for all: Nabam Tuki

    Former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said that differences within the party have ended once and for all.

    "The party stands united and everyone will work together for the development of the state," Tuki said. 

  • 13:18 (IST)

    Will work unitedly in the interest of people and development of the state: Chowna Mein

    The newly sworn-in Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein said that will work unitedly in the interest of the people and development of Arunachal Pradesh

    Mein further said, "Now that the issues (within the party) have been resolved, we look forward to work in co-operation to fulfil our responsibilities."

  • 13:14 (IST)

    We'll cooperate with Khandu for development of Arunachal Pradesh: Kalikho Pul

  • 12:15 (IST)

    Pema Khandu takes oath as the chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh

  • 12:09 (IST)

    Pema Khandu to be sworn in as chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh today

    Pema Khandu, who was elected as the new Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader of Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday will take oath as the new Chief Minister on Sunday. 

    Arunachal Pradesh Congress President Padi Richo said that only Khandu will take the oath on Sunday. His oath-taking ceremony will be attended by all senior leaders, officers and Opposition as well as independent MLAs.

  • 14:33 (IST)

    Congress to hold a strategy meet on Saturday

    According to CNN News18, Congress will hold a strategy meet at 10 Janpath on Saturday ahead of Monsoon Session.

    However, former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki's resignation and further developments in Arunachal's politics could be one of the key points to be discussed in this meet. 

  • 14:08 (IST)

    Arunachal Pradesh Governor accepts Tuki's resignation

    Arunachal Pradesh Governor Tathagata Roy has accepted former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki's resignation, reports ANI.

     

  • 13:40 (IST)

    Pema Khandu stakes claim to power, expects to be sworn in

    "In total, we have support of 45 Congress MLAs and two independent MLAs​. ​I have staked the claim to form new government to the Governor. Date of swearing-in ceremony has not been decided yet," Pema Khandu told ANI.  

  • 13:30 (IST)

    Governor to take a call on floor test: Pema Khandu tells CNN-News18

    According to CNN News18, Pema Khandu said that the governor will take a call on whether the floor test will happen now or after swearing-in.

    However, Tuki told the channel that there is no need as of any floor test since Khandu has been elected by the Congress leaders with majority. 

  • 13:19 (IST)

    Floor test unlikely on Saturday

    According to ANI, there will be no floor test as Congress leaders have elected Pema Khandu as the new Congress Legislature Party leader.  

  • 12:30 (IST)

    Pema Khandu, heads to Raj Bhavan along with 44 supporting MLAs to stake claim to form new government

    The 37-year-old Pema Khandu, a former minister of Tourism and Water Resources and MLA from Mukto (ST) constituency, rushes to Raj Bhavan along with 44 supporting MLAs to stake claim to form new government.

    Congress leader Bamang Felix and Nabam Tuki proposed name of Pema Khandu as the new CLP leader.

    A graduate from Hindu College, Delhi, Pema became a Secretary of the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee in 2005 and the president of the District Congress Committee in Tawang in 2010.

    Governor Tathagata Roy had directed Tuki, who was restored to the post on Thursday by a historic verdict of the Supreme Court,  to face a trial of strength in the Assembly on Saturday.

    He had on Friday rejected Tuki's request for postponing the floor test by at least 10 days.  - PTI

  • 12:26 (IST)

    Nabam Tuki and other Congress leaders to meet Governor to submit letters of support

    According to ANI, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee president,Padi Richo, Nabam Tuki, newly-elected CLP leader Pema khandu and Jai Kumar will be meeting Governor to submit letters of support from the 44 Congress MLAs.

  • 12:09 (IST)

    Nabam Tuki and other Congress leaders to meet Governor to submit letters of support

    According to ANI, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee president,Padi Richo, Nabam Tuki, newly-elected CLP leader Pema khandu and Jai Kumar will be meeting Governor to submit letters of support from the 44 Congress MLAs.

  • 12:04 (IST)

    Rebel leader Khaliko Pul also attends CLP meeting

    Congress sources said that rebel leader, Khaliko Pul, also attended the Congress Legislature Party meeting in which 44 MLAs were present. - PTI

  • 11:46 (IST)

    Nabam Tuki resigns as Arunachal Pradesh CM; Pema Khandu new CLP leader

    According to CNN News18, Nabam Tuki resigns as Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh ahead of floor test to be conducted on Saturday. Pema Khandu has been elected as the new Congress Legislature Party leader. 

In a dramatic turn of events, the Congress on Saturday chose Pema Khandu as its new leader in
Arunachal replacing restored Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, hours ahead of a scheduled Assembly floor test in a bid to save its government.

Pema Khandu, son of late chief minister Dorjee Khandu, was unanimously elected leader at a meeting of Congress Legislature Party, which was attended by 44 MLAs, including rebel Khaliko Pul, who became chief minister in February with outside support from BJP.

The Assembly now has an effective strength of 58 in which BJP has 11 and Independents 2. With Speaker Nabam Rebia and the return of dissidents, the Congress strength has gone up to 45.

The Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly at Naharlagun has been put under tight security cover ahead of the floor test by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki on Saturday.

Security personnel were deployed in and around the Naharlagun town, particularly near the State Legislative Assembly complex and all entry and exit routes have been placed under security cover to ensure that no anti-social element hamper the the session.

Arunachal Pradesh Governor Tathagata Roy had reinstated Nabam Tuki as the state Chief Minister following the Supreme Court judgment on Wednesday and asked him to take the floor test to prove the majority of his government in the House no later than Saturday.

Nabam Tuki. CNN News18

Nabam Tuki. CNN News18

Tuki held a Cabinet meeting on Friday and appealed to the Governor to defer the session of the House by 10 days so that he gets reasonable time to prove his majority in the House.

Roy, however, asked Tuki to take the floor test on Saturday as scheduled.

Meanwhile, the political situation is changing rapidly in the state as sources in the Congress party said that the a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) is slated on Saturday, ahead of the scheduled House session to prove the majority of the Nabam Tuki led government.

"A section of the Congress leaders are not projecting Pema Khandu as the Chief Minister instead of Tuki and the CLP meeting is likely to elect Khandu as the CLP leader. After his election as the new CLP leader, Khandu will meet the Governor and prove the majority of his government in the House," the sources said.

Former Chief Minister Kalikho Pul, who had unseated Tuki in February this year with the help of a faction of dissident Congress legislators and BJP members, claimed that he has got the support of 42 legislators in the 60-member house, whose effective strength is 58 now after two members resigned earlier.

Pul, who is camping in a hotel in Guwahati since last two days with 42 legislators, also expressed fear that Tuki might try to resort to "horse trading" if more time is given for the floor test.