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Nabam Tuki resigns, Pema Khandu to be new CM of Arunachal Pradesh

Tuki, reinstated as the Chief Minister following a Supreme Court verdict on Wednesday, proposed the name of Khandu as the next CLP leader.

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Pema Khandu replaces Nabam Tuki as the new CM after Tuki's resignation. Image Source: www.india.com
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  • Earlier, Tuki resigned as Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader, paving way for Khandu’s election
  • The 44 legislators also include former Chief Minister Kalikho Pul, who unseated Tuki and became the Chief Minister in February
  • After the return of the 30 PPA legislators to the Congress on Saturday, the strength of the Congress has become 45, which includes the Speaker, Nabam Rebia

Pema Khandu, son of former Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu is all set to become new CM of Arunachal Pradesh after resignation of current CM, Nabam Tuki.

Tuki and Khandu met Governor Tathagata Roy on Saturday. Tuki tendered his resignation as the Chief Minister. Raj Bhavan spokesperson Atum Potom said the Governor had accepted his resignation.

Pema Khandu. Image Source: tawangtourism.com
Pema Khandu. Image Source: tawangtourism.com

Earlier, Tuki resigned as Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader, paving way for Khandu’s election.

Tuki, reinstated as the Chief Minister following a Supreme Court verdict on Wednesday, proposed the name of Khandu as the next CLP leader.

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The proposal was supported by all the 44 legislators, including 15 Congress and 29 dissident Congress legislators who had joined the People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) in February.

The 44 legislators also include former Chief Minister Kalikho Pul, who unseated Tuki and became the Chief Minister in February.

“It’s a big victory for the Congress in Arunachal Pradesh,” Tuki said after leaving the Raj Bhavan.

“The recent crisis was started by the BJP. However, all their evil designs have failed as the Congress has been able to put its house in order. I hope it will be big lesson for the BJP,” he said.

Kalikho Pul, ex CM of Arunachal Pradesh. Image Source: www.huffingtonpost.in
Kalikho Pul, ex CM of Arunachal Pradesh. Image Source: www.huffingtonpost.in

Khandu said: “Tuki has tendered his resignation and I have handed over to the Governor the list of 44 legislators supporting me as the Chief Minister.

“The Governor said he would go by the formalities and let us know about the next move.”

Khandu, a graduate from Hindu College in Delhi, was inducted in the Tuki ministry in 2011 after his father died in a plane crash in Arunachal Pradesh.

He was later given the portfolio of Tourism and Water Resource Development department. Khandu, however, resigned from the Tuki cabinet in 2014.

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Asked about his swearing in ceremony, Khandu said he was waiting a response from the Governor. “I hope the swearing in ceremony will take place in a day or two,” he said.

Nabam Rebia. Image Source: naidunia.jagran.com
Nabam Rebia. Image Source: naidunia.jagran.com

After the return of the 30 PPA legislators to the Congress on Saturday, the strength of the Congress has become 45, which includes the Speaker, Nabam Rebia.

The Congress also said it has the support of two Independent legislators. The effective strength of the Arunachal assembly is 58 now.

Earlier, Governor Roy reinstated Tuki as the Chief Minister following the Supreme Court judgment and asked him to take the floor test to prove his majority support.

Nabam Tuki. image Source: indianexpress.com
Nabam Tuki. image Source: indianexpress.com

Tuki urged the Governor to defer the session by 10 days but Roy refused. (IANS)

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday accused the Congress of aiding those who he said want to weaken the Indian Army and raising questions over the government and even the Supreme Court over Rafale fighter jets.

“Today, there are two camps in the country. One is the government that is trying to strengthen our Army. The other wants to weaken our Army at any cost,” Modi said, flagging off the 900th coach of Modern Rail Factory and a Humsafar Rake in Rae Bareli, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s Lok Sabha constituency.

“The country has been witnessing that the Congress stands by those powers who don’t want our armed forces to be strengthened,” he added, in an obvious reference to Sonia Gandhi’s son and Congress President Rahul Gandhi who has been accusing corruption in the Rafale jet deal with France.

The Prime Minister said the country was watching “such people” who he added were “getting support of countries pitted against India”.

“What is the reason that people in Pakistan clap when some of our leaders speak?”

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The Prime Minister pointedly accused the Congress of raising questions over the dignity of the Defence Ministry, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Air Force, France and the Supreme Court over the purchase of Rafale jet aircraft.

“Some people only accept lies and speak lies. For them the country’s Defence Ministry, Defence Minster and Air Force officers are liars. The French government is also a liar. Now, the country’s Supreme Court is also a liar for them.

“But truth does not need ‘shringaar’ and lies will always die. The country will never forgive the Congress over its attitude towards the Army.”

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Again, the Prime Minister said “some people” felt ashamed of shouting “Bharat Mata ki Jai”.

“What kind of people are they who do not care about the country? I know that they want to abuse Modi. They want to frame Modi for corruption. But I want to know why they have put the country’s pride at stake for this? Why is national security being put on stake?” (IANS)