Pema Khandu to be sworn in as Arunchal Pradesh Chief Minister 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. He was elected after Chief Minister Nabam Tuki resigned in a dramatic twist of events just hours ahead of the floor test.

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.

Khandu, son of late chief minister Dorjee Khandu, was unanimously elected leader at a meeting of CLP, 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 claims to have the support of 45 MLAs.

Khandu, who is a former minister of Tourism and Water Resources and MLA from Mukto (ST) constituency, had rushed to the Raj Bhavan on Saturday to stake claim to form a new government soon after he was elected as the CLP leader.

Congress leader Bamang Felix and Tuki proposed Khandu's name as the new CLP leader. According to Tuki, a floor test is not required now because Khandu has been elected by the congress leaders with majority.

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.

With inputs from agencies

Updated Date: Jul 17, 2016 15:41 PM

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