New Delhi: Pema Khandu, the newly elected face of Congress Legislator Party (CLP), became the new Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh on Sunday.
Pema Khandu replaced Nabam Tuki who resigned as the leader of the CLP. Sources say this strategic move was steered by Rahul Gandhi, the Congress vice-president.
After attending the meeting of the Congress Legislature Party in Itanagar, Tuki had agreed to step down for the new leader.
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 had 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.