Itanagar/New Delhi: The four-day-old Pema Khandu government in Arunachal Pradesh on Wednesday passed the floor test in the Assembly with 46 MLAs voting in favour of the CM and 11 members from opposition BJP voting against it.
When the House assembled in the morning with Deputy Speaker Tenzing Norbu Thongdok in the chair, Chief Minister Pema Khandu moved the motion that ‘this House expresses its confidence in the council of ministers which was seconded by former CM Nabam Tuki’.
44 Congress MLAs and two Independent members voted in favour of the government.
The Assembly also elected Tsering Norbu Thongdok as the new Speaker of the House unopposed, following the resignation of former speaker Nabam Rebia on Tuesday.
Later addressing the members, Khandu appreciated them for reposing faith in his leadership and also thanked senior party leaders, including Tuki and Kalikho Pul.
He said his prime duty was to bring equal development for all the communities of the state which was largest in the north-east region with 26 major tribes and over 100 sub-tribes.
Asserting that he would work across party lines, Khandu said all members of the House would be given enough financial power so that they can concentrate on their respective constituencies for development to percolate.
The Chief Minister, while appealing to members not to rake up issues of the past, said he would fix responsibilities on every minister of his Cabinet and those who fail to perform, would face action.
After completion of the two agendas the Speaker adjourned the House sine die.
Meanwhile, former speaker Nabam Rebia yesterday moved the Supreme Court seeking review of a portion, dealing with the power of the Speaker, of the historic verdict of the Constitution Bench which had restored Congress government in the hill state.