Congress dissident leader Nabam Tuki was on Tuesday afternoon sworn in as the seventh chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh.
Tuki replaced Jarbom Gamlin whose reign after the death of Dorjee Khandu in a chopper crash lasted five torrid months.
Governor JJ Singh administered the oath of office and secrecy at the Raj Bhavan in Itanagar, hours after All India Congress Committee president Sonia Gandhi nominated Tuki as the Congress Legislature Party leader.
Union power minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, former DoNER minister BK Handique, Congress observer for the state Dhaniram Shandil attended the swearing in ceremony. Others who attended included Gamlin, former Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Gegong Apang, legislators and top civil and police officials.
Tuki later said that he would focus on development besides restoring peace and tranquility in the state. “The (political) unrest is over. Congress is a family and I will work in consultation with everyone for the development of the society and the state. Development will make people happy,” he said.
“My main aim will be to ensure the maintenance of peace and communal harmony among all sections of the society. We will follow the rule of law,” Tuki added, appealing to the people to extend their support and cooperation to the new government.
Gamlin assured support for Tuki, saying he bore no ill-will. “Everything has been sorted out. We’ll all work together,” he said.
Handique said the party high command had faith in Tuki’s leadership and ability. “Because of some difficulties, something happened and (Jarbom) couldn’t run the government. But this is democracy and such things happen in a democracy,” he said.
Arunachal Pradesh went through turmoil since July after a group of Congress legislators led by Tuki revolted against Gamlin's leadership for his alleged 'dictatorial rule' and ‘failure’ to control law and order. Gamlin had taken over on May 5 following Khandu’s death in a helicopter crash.