Pema Khandu sworn in as Arunachal Pradesh CM for third straight term

Arunachal Pradesh , 13 June, 2024 – Pema Khandu took oath as the chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh for the third consecutive term on Thursday in the presence of union home minister Amit Shah, JP Nadda, Kiren Rijiju, and other dignitaries. While Chowna Mein was sworn in as the deputy chief minister for the second term.

Ten other ministers were also sworn into the new cabinet.

The swearing-in ceremony took place at the DK State Convention Centre in Itanagar at 11 am.

Khandu was re-elected as leader of the BJP legislature party in Arunachal Pradesh on Wednesday, paving the way for him to be sworn in as the chief minister. Following this, Arunachal Pradesh governor lieutenant general KT Parnaik (retd) invited Khandu to form the government.

Khandu, who was with the Congress party initially, first became the CM of Arunachal Pradesh in 2016. A few months later, he, along with almost all the Congress MLAs, joined the Peoples’ Party of Arunachal and formed another government. However, in December 2016, the PPA expelled Khandu, following which he joined the BJP. He took oath as the CM for the second time as a BJP leader on May 29, 2019, after the saffron party won the assembly polls by bagging 41 of the total 60 seats.

In the recently concluded Andhra Pradesh assembly election, the BJP won 46 out of the 60 seats, while it already won 10 seats unopposed before the polls.

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