Pema Khandu Government on Wednesday passed the Floor Test in assembly with 46 MLAs voting in favour of CM while 11 members from opposition BJP voted against it in 60-member House.
Pema Khandu on Sunday sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh heading a Congress government, a day after the party pulled off a dramatic success winning back all its rebels by choosing a new leader, marking the culmination of fast-paced political developments.
Chowna Mein was sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister.
Son of late Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, 37-year-old Pema, who became the youngest chief minister in the country and the ninth in the tiny northeastern state, and Mein were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Tathagata Roy at the Rajbhavan. Dorjee Khandu had died in an air crash in 2011.
Addressing a press conference shortly after he was sworn in, Pema said an expansion of his ministry would take place only after the Governor returned to the state. Roy, who is Governor of Tripura, is holding additional charge as Arunachal Pradesh Governor.
Pema said he would inculcate a ‘Team Arunachal spirit among elected leaders irrespective of party affiliations for overall development of his state. “All elected leaders of the state would be made a part of the development process cutting across political lines.”
From assisting his father in politics to working for social transformation, Pema has come a long way to occupy the coveted post.
Hours ahead of the scheduled floor test in the Assembly on Saturday which Chief Minister Nabam Tuki was directed by the governor to take, the Congress Legislature Party had elected Pema, in place of Tuki, in a dramatic turnaround. Tuki was restored to the Chief Minister’s post on Wednesday by the Supreme Court.