Pema Khandu To Be New Arunachal Pradesh CM

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Itanagar: Pema Khandu is set to replace Nabam Tuki as the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh. Khandu was chosen as the new leader of the Congress Legislature Party, following which Tuki resigned from the post. Khandu is now expected to prove his majority in the Assembly around 1 pm.

Tuki has been battling for his post since December 2015, after he faced a rebellion within his own party. After a special session of the Assembly removed him, rebel Congress leader Kalikho Pul had taken charge as Chief Minister with outside support from the BJP.

Tuki was restored as Chief Minister on Wednesday, after the Supreme Court ruled that Governor JP Rajkhowa had acted beyond the limits of his powers in advancing the Assembly session in which Tuki had been removed.

Tuki was asked to prove his majority in a floor test by acting Governor Tathagata Roy, as Rajkhowa is presently unavailable on health grounds. Roy had denied Tuki’s request for 10 more days for the floor test.

Pema Khandu, 37, is the son of former Arunachal Pradesh CM Dorjee Khandu, who died in a helicopter crash in 2011. He served in Tuki’s cabinet as minister.

A number of the 21 Congress MLAs who had rebelled against Tuki are on board with throwing theit lot in with Khandu, giving him the support of 44 MLAs in the 60-member Assembly, including rebel leader Kaliko Pul.