Arunachal gets a new CM
Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Nabam Tuki was sworn in as the seventh chief minister of the state on Tuesday, bringing to an end a political crisis that has lasted four months. Governor general (retd) J J Singh administered the oath of office to Tuki, 47, at a function at the Raj Bhawan. Union power minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, former DoNER minister B K Handique, Congress general secretary Dhaniram Shandil, along with Lok Sabha members Takam Sanjoy and Ninong Ering were present. Tuki, the first CM from the Nyishi community, succeeded Jarbom Gamlin who was in office for six months – he was sworn in after CM Dorjee Khandu died in a chopper crash on April 30 this year. “I will make sure the rule of law prevails in Arunachal. I swear to give my heart and soul to the onerous job not only as a leader but also as a friend and brother to all irrespective of tribe, caste, religion, gender as well as political affiliations,” Tuki told reporters. Tuki added that his government would respect all issue-based agitations staged in a democratic manner and try to resolve these by taking the organizations concerned into confidence. “I will work on the roadmap set by Khandu, who worked for a developed Arunachal,” Tuki said. He said he had summoned top police officers to take stock of the situation in the state capital. Asked when would he lift prohibitory orders, the CM said it would continue for some time. Earlier in the day, Congress president Sonia Gandhi nominated Tuki as the new Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader. Born on July 7, 1964, in Ompuli village in Sagalee sub-division of Papum Pare district, Tuki was first elected to the assembly in 1995 from Sagalee and served as deputy agriculture minister in the Gegong Apang ministry. He was also the transport & civil aviation minister in 1988. He is also the president of Arunachal Cricket Association.