Khandu administered MLA oath by Speaker

Itanagar: Water Resources and Tourism Minister Pema Khandu, eldest son of former chief minister Dorjee Khandu, was administered the oath of affirmation as a legislator by Legislative Assembly Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong in the assembly today.

Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin, Home Minister Takar Marde, Forest Minister Setong Sena, Health Minister Atum Welly, and Agriculture Minister Honchun Ngandam their legislator colleagues, senior officers including Chief Secretary Tabom Bam were present on the occasion.

After the seat felt vacant following the tragic death of Khandu who died in a Pawan Hans chopper crash on April 30 last at Luguthang, near Tawang along with four others on board, Pema was inducted into Gamlin ministry on April 20 last.

However, he was elected in a by-election from Mukto assembly constituency uncontested on June 30 last.

The former chief minister had had won the seat for five consecutive times, including three times unopposed during 1990, 2004 and 2009.