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Arunachal cabinet recommends assembly’s dissolution

By IANS Updated: May 28, 2019 12:15 am
Itanagar: BJP Legislature Party leader Pema Khandu, accompanied by senior leader JP Nadda and others, submits letter of suport of MLas to Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brigadier (retd.) BD Mishra to stake claim for the formation of government, in Itanagar on Monday. (PTI)

Itanagar, May 27 (IANS):
The cabinet of the Pema Khandu-led BJP government in Arunachal Pradesh met for the last time on Sunday and recommended the assembly’s dissolution, ahead of new BJP legislature party’s meeting on Monday to decide a date for formation of the next government in the state.

The BJP has emerged as the single largest party in Arunachal Pradesh by winning 41 of the total 60 seats in the House.

“The BJP legislature party is scheduled to meet tomorrow (Monday). We are going to decide on a date to form the government,” Khandu said after the cabinet meeting.

The term of the outgoing assembly of the north-eastern border state ends on June 1 and a new assembly has to be constituted before that.

Assembly polls and Lok Sabha polls were held simultaneously in Arunachal Pradesh last month and counting of votes held on May 23.

The cabinet meeting on Sunday also observed two minutes silence to mourn the untimely death of Tirong Aboh and ten others who were gunned down by unidentified militants on May 21. The Cabinet remembered the legislator for his services to the people and strongly condemned the dastardly act which claimed 11 precious lives including that of Aboh and his minor son.

Khandu, accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, later called on the Governor to submit the resignation of his ministry and the Cabinet resolution recommending dissolution of the Sixth Legislative Assembly.

Khandu to be sworn in as CM tomorrow

Incumbent Pema Khandu will be sworn in as Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister on Wednesday after the state BJP won the recent Assembly and Lok Sabha polls.

The BJP legislature party in Arunachal Pradesh has elected Khandu as their leader during a meeting on Monday. Later, Khandu accompanied by legislator and former Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein and state BJP chief and MP Tapir Gao called on state Governor Brig. B.D. Mishra at the Raj Bhavan in Itanagar and staked claim to form the next government.

Khandu informed the Governor about the meeting consisting of 41 elected members of the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly from the BJP and said that 40 members have unanimously elected him as their leader in the seventh Legislative Assembly of the State.

Under the provisions of Article 164 (1) of the Constitution, the Governor has appointed Khandu as Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh and invited him to form the government and take oath as Chief Minister on Wednesday at the Dorjee Khandu State Convention Centre in Itanagar.

The Governor requested Khandu to advise and inform him about the names of others to be appointed as members of his Council of Ministers.

State Assembly and Lok Sabha polls were held simultaneously in Arunachal Pradesh last month and counting of votes was held on May 23. The BJP emerged as the single largest party in the state securing 41 seats in the 60-member House.

The outgoing Cabinet met on Sunday and unanimously resolved for dissolution of the sixth Legislative Assembly of Arunachal Pradesh with immediate effect to pave way for formation of the next government.

All the ministers resigned on Sunday and Khandu called on the Governor and submitted the resignations and the resolution passed by the Cabinet recommending dissolution of the Legislative Assembly.

By IANS Updated: May 28, 2019 12:15:34 am