ITANAGAR, Feb 19: Kalikho Pul has been sworn in as the 9th Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh on Friday at Raj Bhavan, Itanagar.
After a yearlong political battle, that saw imposition of the President’s rule in the state, vertical split of Congress Party and coming together of BJP and Congress, Pul took oath of office, administered by Governor JP Rajkhowa.
Speaking to media persons, Pul claimed that his is a Congress government and BJP is extending unconditional outside support.
“We all want good governance and have come together for the betterment of state,” said Pul as he said that his first priority would be improvement of law and order situation.
He appealed the public to fight against corruption as he said that “We will strongly tackle the corruption issues.”
Pul said that new cabinet will formed soon after discussion with the senior leaders.
Meanwhile, Governor Rajkhowa claimed there is no controversy in coming together of Congress and BJP to form a government.
State BJP President Tai Tagak termed the day as historic and said that Arunachal has shown way to the rest of the country.
All the 11 BJP MLAs, MLAs of Congress faction led by Pul along with large number of supporters were present on the occasion.
INC and the 26 MLAs supporting ousted Chief Minister Nabam Tuki skipped the swearing in ceremony though senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Mukut Mithi attended. He did not take any question by media.
The new Chief Minister holds the record as longest serving Finance Minister of the state. A seasoned politician, he was also the Chairman of High Power Committee of Public Distribution System between 2004-07.
He has been representing Hayuliang ST Assembly Constituency since 1995 and was first inducted as a Deputy Minister (Finance) in the Gegong Apang ministry, the same year.
He has been holding various ministerial portfolios till 2014, when he was dropped that eventually led to the rebellion within Congress party.
A Kaman Mishmi, he is the son of Late Tailum and Koranlu Pul, and was born in July 1969 at Walla village in Hawai Circle of Anjaw. A graduate of Indira Gandhi Govt. College, Tezu, he is married to Dangwimsai Pul and they have five children.
He has been a student leader beginning in 1982 and was the Gen. Secretary, Students Union, Indira Gandhi Govt. College.
Just before he was dropped from the Nabam Tuki Ministry in Dec 2014, he was the Minister Health & Family Welfare, Women and Child Development, Social Justice.
Earlier, the President Pranab Mukherjee approved the Union Cabinet’s recommendation for revocation of President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh which was imposed on Jan 26.
The President’s nod came after the last ditch effort by deposed chief minister Nabam Tuki seeking an interim direction that his party be allowed to go for a floor test in the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly to prove majority was rejected by the Supreme Court on Friday.
The Union Cabinet had recommended the withdrawal of President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh on Wednesday after Pul, accompanied by 31 MLAs — including Congress rebels — BJP and independents met governor J P Rajkhowa and staked claim to form a new government.
Source: The Arunachal Times