Pema Khandu was on Sunday sworn in as the ninth Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh marking the culmination of fast-paced political developments in this northeastern State. Chowna Mein was sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister.
Son of late Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, 37-year-old Mr. Pema Khandu, who became the youngest Chief Minister in the country, and Mr. Mein were administered the oath by Governor Tathagata Roy at the Rajbhavan in Itanagar.
Hours ahead of the scheduled floor test in the Assembly on Saturday, the Congress Legislature Party elected Mr. Pema Khandu, in place of Nabam Tuki, who was restored as Chief Minister earlier this week after the apex court verdict.
Mr. Pema Khandu then staked claim to power on the basis of the support of 45 party MLAs along with two independents. In a volte-face, ousted Chief Minister Khaliko Pul, also returned to the party fold with 30 dissident MLAs. In the 60-member House with an effective strength of 58, Congress now claims the support of 47 MLAs, including two independents.