New Delhi: Pema Khandu, the newly elected face of Congress Legislator Party (CLP), will be sworn-in as Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh on Sunday, July 17.
After attending the meeting of the Congress Legislature Party in Itanagar, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki had agreed to step down for the new leader, Pema Khandu.
Pema Khandu, son of late Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu was unanimously elected as CLP leader few hours ahead of the scheduled Floor test which was previously ordered by the State’s acting Governor, Tathaghata Roy. Late CM Dorjee Khandu died tragically in a helicopter crash in Arunachal Pradesh
Previously, the Arunachal Pradesh acting-Governor Tathagata Roy had asked Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to prove his majority on the floor of the House on 16 July.
The Supreme Court had directed the restoration of ousted Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in Arunachal Pradesh and quashed Governor J.P. Rajkhowa’s decision to advance the assembly session by a month.
The Congress, which had 47 MLA seats in the 60-member assembly, suffered a jolt when 21 of its lawmakers rebelled. Eleven BJP MLAs backed the rebels in the bid to upstage the government. Later, 14 rebel Congress MLAs were disqualified.