Source: News Bharati English20 Jul 2016 19:39:17

Itanagar, July 20: The newly elected Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Pema Khandu has proved his majority during the floor test in the Assembly by voice vote today. The Assembly also elected Tsering Norbu Thongdok as the new speaker of the House unopposed, following the resignation of former speaker Nabam Rebia on Tuesday.In the house of a total of 60 members, with an effective strength of 58, Chief Minister Pema Khandu has the support of 47 MLAs, including the two independents.  Speaking in the Assembly Khandu asked all the members to cooperate in developing the state, keeping aside party differences. He also said that the present government will empower the MLAs in making financial decision.

Former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki requested the members to reconcile on what has happened and help the government in the process of reconstruction for the benefit of the people.  Former Speaker Nabam Rebia said that Arunachal is a rich state with lots of unexplored natural resources and hoped that the new chief minister would tap these resources to make the state richer.

BJP MLA and Leader of the Opposition Tamio Taga asked the new Chief Minister not to leave aside and discriminate the opposition like the previous governments did but to take questions and suggestions. He also appealed the house to stick on to the issues only pertaining to the state. BJP MLA Japu Deru taking part in the discussion said that though the Supreme Court has turned the clock back but the government’s developmental work should not lag behind.