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Khandu to take oath as CM tomorrow
Correspondent
 ITANAGAR, May 27 - Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister-designate Pema Khandu will take oath as the Chief Minister of the frontier State for the second term on May 29 at Dorjee Khandu State Convention Centre here.

Khandu shortly after being elected as the leader of the BJP Legislature Party in its meeting at Banquet Hall here on Monday called on Governor Brig (Dr) BD Mishra (Retd) at Raj Bhavan here and staked claim to form the next Government.

Accompanied by senior BJP leaders including party’s central observer and Union Health Minister JP Nadda, Assam Health & Family Welfare Minister and North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma and State BJP president Tapir Gao, Khandu handed over the letter of support to the Governor, staking claim to form the new government.

Accepting the letter of support of the newly-elected BJP legislators, the Governor has also given a letter inviting Pema Khandu to form the next Government on May 29.

Talking to reporters at Raj Bhavan premises, Nadda said, “In the BJP legislature party meeting, senior leader Chowna Mein proposed the name of Pema Khandu for the Chief Minister’s post which was seconded by three senior members and after that all the newly-elected members supported the proposal and unanimously elected Khandu as the leader of the BJP Legislature Party.”

The CM-designate Khandu, who led the Saffron party to a stupendous poll victory by securing an absolute majority in the recently held Assembly election, said: “For the first time in the history of Arunachal Pradesh, BJP is going to form a full-fledged Government in the State.”

“In the legislature party meeting today I have said that in the coming days the real challenge is ahead of us, as people have huge expectations from our new government,” Khandu said, while adding, “I am confident that in coming days, we will be able to take our State to new heights in the developmental front.”

The ruling BJP has registered a resounding victory in the April 11 polls by winning 41 out of the 60 Assembly seats. The opposition Congress, which had won 42 seats in the 2014 polls, suffered drubbing at the hands of BJP and managed to get only four seats this time. The State’s lone regional party, People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) bagged one seat and new entrants Janata Dal (United) and National People’s Party (NPP) won seven and five seats respectively, and Independents two.

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