Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu won the confidence motion in the Assembly in Naharlagun Wednesday, with 46 legislators — 44 Congress and two Independents — voting in favour of the motion. The 11 BJP legislators voted against it.
This comes a week after the Congress government of Nabam Tuki was reinstated by Supreme Court after seven months of its “dismissal” by a special Assembly session held by the rebels.
Khandu was elected new leader of the Congress Legislature Party Saturday after the 30 rebel legislators returned to the party fold in the backdrop of the apex court ordering status quo ante as on December 15, 2015 and reinstating Tuki as CM. Khandu was sworn in as Chief Minister Sunday.
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Speaker Nabam Rebia, who was reinstated by the apex court judgment of July 13 after he was “dismissed” in the December 16 special session, resigned from the post and the Assembly on Wednesday unanimously elected T N Thongdok in his place.
Rebia has been reportedly tipped to be included in the Khandu cabinet that will be expanded in a few days. As of now, Khandu’s cabinet has only one more member, Chowna Mein as Deputy CM. He is expected to expand it in the next few days.