The newly formed Pema Khandu government in Arunachal Pradesh proved its majority in the state Assembly on Wednesday with the support of 44 Congress legislators and two independent MLAs, reported PTI. On Tuesday night, acting Governor Tathagata Roy asked Khadu to take the floor test during a day-long session on July 20.
Addressing his new council of minister and party members, the 37-year-old Congress leader said his government will work towards equal development of all communities in the state. "I will take all the MLAs together as 'Team Arunachal' to fulfil the aspirations of the people," he said.
Khandu is the eldest son of former Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, who died in a plane crash in 2011. On Sunday, he was sworn in as the chief minister of the state, a day after he took over the leadership of the party following former Chief Minister Nabam Tuki's resignation.
On July 13, the Supreme Court directed a status quo ante (a return to the original status) in Arunachal Pradesh as it prevailed on December 15, 2015, referring to the time before a rebellion in the Assembly created chaos in the state's political system and led to President's Rule being imposed there. The apex court bench also quashed the discretionary powers of the state's Governor to summon or advance the Assembly sessions in the state.