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Pema Khandu set to be new Arunachal CM

Tuki and Khandu met Governor Tathagata Roy on Saturday, where the former tendered his resignation

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Publish Date: Jul 16 2016 3:58PM | Updated Date: Jul 16 2016 3:58PM

Pema Khandu set to be new Arunachal CM

Congress MLA Pema Khandu, is all set to become the next Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh after Nabam Tuki resigned.

 
Tuki and Khandu met Governor Tathagata Roy on Saturday, where the former tendered his resignation as the Chief Minister.
 
Raj Bhavan spokesperson Atum Potom said the Governor had accepted his resignation.
 
Earlier, Tuki resigned as Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader, paving way for Khandu's election. 
 
Tuki, who was reinstated as the Chief Minister following a Supreme Court verdict on Wednesday, proposed the name of Khandu as the next CLP leader.
 
Proposal was supported by all the 44 legislators, including 15 Congress and 29 dissident Congress legislators who had joined the People's Party of Arunachal (PPA) in February.
 
The 44 legislators also include former Chief Minister Kalikho Pul, who unseated Tuki and became the Chief Minister in February.
 
"It's a big victory for the Congress in Arunachal Pradesh," Tuki said after leaving the Raj Bhavan. 
 
"The recent crisis was started by the BJP. However, all their evil designs have failed as the Congress has been able to put its house in order. I hope it will be big lesson for the BJP," he said.
 
Khandu was inducted in the Tuki ministry in 2011 after his father died in a plane crash in Arunachal Pradesh. 
 
He was later given the portfolio of Tourism and Water Resource Development department. Khandu, however, resigned from the Tuki cabinet in 2014.
 
Asked about his swearing in ceremony, Khandu said he was waiting a response from the Governor. "I hope the swearing in ceremony will take place in a day or two," he said.
 
After the return of the 30 PPA legislators to the Congress on Saturday, the strength of the Congress has become 45, which includes the Speaker, Nabam Rebia.
 
The Congress also said it has the support of two Independent legislators. The effective strength of the Arunachal assembly is 58 now.