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Pema Khandu sworn-in as Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister

Jul 18, 2016 08:20 IST

Pema KhanduPema Khandu was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh at Raj Bhawan in Itanagar on 17 July 2016. Governor Tataghata Roy administered the Oath of Office and Secrecy to him.

Chowna Mein was also sworn-in as the Deputy Chief Minister.

With this, Khandu, 37, also became the youngest chief minister of the country. He has replaced Nabam Tuki, who resigned from the post after stepping down as leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) on 16 July 2016. Tuki also proposed Khandu’s name as the next CLP leader and the new Chief Minister of the state. His proposal was unanimously accepted by all the 43 members present in the CLP meeting.

Pema khandu

• Pema khandu, born on 21 August 1979, is the son of former Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh late Dorjee Khandu.

• He is an MLA of Moktu (ST) constituency in Tawang district.

• He first entered the Arunachal Pradesh assembly in 2011 to fill the vacancy caused by his father's death. His father died in a chopper crash in 2011 near Luguthang in Tawang district bordering China.

• He has served the state as minster on various posts such as Minister of Tourism, Urban Development, Rual Works Department (RWD), Water Resources, Civil Aviation and Art & Culture.

• He was part of a group of 30 party lawmakers who had rebelled against Tuki's leadership.

• He is a graduate from Delhi’s Hindu college (Delhi University).

Background

Nabam Tuki who resigned as the Chief Minister of the state was earlier reinstated as chief minister of the state on 13 July 2016 by the Supreme Court. The court in its ruling said that the decision to place Arunachal Pradesh under President's Rule early in 2016 was illegal.

The apex court also ordered the removal of Kalikho Pul who led the rebellion that resulted in fall of Tuki government in the state in December 2015.

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