Pema Khandu sworn in as 9th CM of ArP

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E-Front-__-pema-khandu-arunachal-759-copyITANAGAR, Jul 17: Pema Khandu was on Sunday sworn in as the 9th Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh marking the culmination of fast-paced political developments in this North Eastern State.

Chowna Mein was sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister.

Son of late Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, 37-year-old Pema Khandu, who became the youngest Chief Minister in the country, and Mein were administered the oath by Governor Tathagata Roy at the Raj Bhavan in Itanagar.

Hours ahead of the scheduled floor test in the Assembly on Saturday, the Congress Legislature Party elected Pema Khandu, in place of Nabam Tuki, who was restored as Chief Minister earlier this week after the apex Court verdict.

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. PTI

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