Source: News Bharati English17 Jul 2016 15:33:12

New Delhi, July 17: In a major move by the Congress party, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki was replaced by Pema Khandu on Saturday. Khandu took the oath as the Chief Minister in presence of Governor Tathagata Roy at a simple function at the Raj Bhavan today. Khandu, 36-year-old Pema is the youngest chief minister of the country, replaced Nabam Tuki who resigned after stepping down as leader of the Congress Legislature Party or CLP yesterday. He was part of a group of 30 party lawmakers who had rebelled against Tuki's leadership.Also, along with Khandu, Chowna Mein, who was deputy chief minister in the Kalikho Pul government, was sworn in as deputy chief minister in the new government. Former chief ministers Nabam Tuki and Kalikho Pul also attended the swearing-in function.

Addressing media after the swearing-in ceremony, Khandu said, “We'll try to fulfil our responsibilities, will focus on starting new projects & take forward stalled projects for dev of state”. Expectations of the public are high. I believe in team work, will work hard”, he added.

Khaliko Pul, rebel-turned chief minister, who was unseated by the Supreme Court, returned to the party fold with 30 dissident MLAs. Tuki proposed the name of Khandu, which was unanimously accepted by 44 MLAs who were present. Speaker Nabam Rebia did not attend the meeting while ousted chief minister Khaliko Pul attended the meeting with the rebel MLAs, media agencies reported.

Hours ahead of a scheduled floor test in the Assembly, which Tuki was directed by Governor Tathagata Roy to take, the Congress Legislature Party met and elected 37-year-old Pema Khandu, son of late chief minister Dorjee Khandu, as its new leader. Nabam Tuki was reinstated as chief minister on Wednesday by the Supreme Court, which ruled that the decision to place Arunachal Pradesh under President's Rule early this year was illegal.

In the 60-member House with an effective strength of 58, Congress now claims the support of 47 MLAs, including two independents. Ahead of the CLP meeting, Tuki met the Governor and told him of his intention to resign as CLP chief and as chief minister and of the Congress party’s decision to elect a new leader. He told reporters in the presence of Khandu that in view of these developments he told the Governor that he would not be taking a floor test.