Nabam Tuki sworn in as Arunachal CM

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 23:44

Itanagar: Dissident leader Nabam Tuki was on Tuesday sworn in as Arunachal Pradesh`s seventh Chief Minister,
ending a two week political drama over the demand for
leadership change.

Tuki, who had led the dissent against his predecessor
Jarbom Gamlin was sworn in by Governor J J Singh in the
presence of AICC observers Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar
Shinde, former DoNER minister B K Handique and party?s
general secretary and in-charge of Arunachal Pradesh Dhaniram
Shandil.

Tuki, the first chief minister from the Nyishi community,
told reporters that his priority was to maintain communal
harmony among all tribes for development of the land-locked
state.

Tuki was chosen as Gamlin`s successor by the Congress
high command after the latter stepped down.

Yesterday, 40 of 42 Congress legislators signed a
one-point resolution authorising AICC president Sonia Gandhi
to appoint a new CLP leader in the state.
Gamlin, who was sworn in as chief minister on May five
after the death of former Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, had in
his resignation letter recommended the names of Power
(Electrical) Minister Setong Sena and Finance Minister Kalikho
Pul for the top job, official sources said.

The change in leadership was demanded by a majority of
Congress legislators led by Tuki, the APCC chief.
On October 29, both Gamlin and Tuki had offered to resign
from their posts. The AICC president had met both of them that
evening.

The rift between Tuki and Gamlin had become a major issue
dividing the party along ethnic lines in the state with the
majority of Congress legislators demanding Gamlin`s
resignation for his alleged `authoritarian rule`.

Besides 42 members of the Congress, Trinamool Congress
has 5 in the 60-member house, NCP-5, People`s Party of
Arunachal 4, the BJP-3 besides a lone Independent.Trinamool
Congress and NCP provide outside support to the Congress
government.
Outlining his government`s agenda, Tuki said, "I will
ensure that rule of the law prevails in Arunachal. I swear to
give my heart and soul to the onerous job not only as a
leader, but as a friend and brother to all irrespective of
tribe, caste, religion and gender as well as political
affiliations.

"I am a firm believer in inclusive governance and
participation of every community, every leader and every
citizen of the state in the developmental and welfare
initiatives. Together we can march ahead with guaranteed
success," he said.

Tuki said his government would respect all issue-based
and democratic agitations and sort it out by taking the
organisers into confidence.

Appealing to indigenous communities not to be carried
away by a few vested interests, he said, "The communal harmony
and bonding between tribes of the state is unshakable since
hundreds of years.

"Let’s not shake it now, not in a civilised and educated
world of today .... When the majority of the citizens are
together and united, the minority of ill-intent persons can
never harm or even shake the communal harmony prevailing since
ages," he said.

Gamlin ruled the state for 180 days.Another chief
minister with a brief rule of 45 days was Tomo Riba who
assumed the mantle on September 18, 1979.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 12:27

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