Itanagar: Dorjee Khandu, who steered the
Congress to a two-third majority in the Assembly Elections in
Arunchal Pradesh, staked claim to form the new government in
the state Saturday evening and would be sworn in as chief minister
Khandu, whose name was cleared as the CLP leader by party
chief Sonia Gandhi, drove to the Raj Bhavan to meet Governor J
J Singh to stake claim.
He alone would be sworn in tomorrow, Raj Bhavan sources
Earlier in the morning, all the 42 newly elected
legislators attended the CLP meeting where central observers V
Narayansami and Luizinho Faleiro were present.
Khandu`s name as the CLP leader, however, was not
announced till evening.
Asked about the delay, AICC secretary Sanjay Bapna said,
"there was no contender."
"Even I was not a contender," Khandu said.
Narayansami, who announced Khandu`s name as CLP leader
said, "In the situation, the 42 legislators adopted a
unanimous decision authorising party chief Sonia Gandhi to
decide who would be the CLP leader."
He said Gandhi appreciated the good job done by Khandu
and decided that he would be the CLP leader.