Arunachal Pradesh: Pema Khandu sworn in as chief minister for third straight term

11 legislators also took oath as ministers

Pema Khandu swearing-in ceremony Arunachal Pradesh Governor Kaiwalya Trivikram Parnaik administers oath of office to state Chief Minister-designate Pema Khandu at the DK State Convention Centre in Itanagar | PTI

BJP leader Pema Khandu took oath as the chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh for the third consecutive term on Thursday.

Khandu, who was re-elected unopposed from the Mukto constituency in the border district of Tawang, was sworn in by Governor K.T. Parnaik in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP president J.P. Nadda, Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma and Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang, among others.

Eleven other MLAs were also sworn in as ministers at the function held in the Dorjee Khandu State Convention Centre. Among them were Deputy CM Chowna Mein, former assembly speaker P.D. Sona, BJP State President Biyuram Wahge, and Dasanglu Pul, the widow of former CM Kalikho Pul. While Dasanglu Pul is the lone woman minister, the new cabinet has eight fresh faces.

The others inducted into the cabinet include Palin MLA Balo Raja, Kanubari's Gabriel Denwang Wangsu, Panging legislator Ojing Tashing, Kento Jini of Aalo East and Nyato Dukam, who won the Taliha seat unopposed.

The portfolios would be allocated later in the day, following which the first cabinet meeting of the new government would be held, officials said.

The BJP returned to power in this northeastern state for the third time in a row, winning 46 seats including, ten unopposed, in the 60-member assembly.

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