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PS Tamang sworn-in as Sikkim CM; Pema Khandu to take oath as Arunachal CM on 29 May

In Arunachal Pradesh, Pema Khandu elected as BJP legislature party leader. The swearing-in will be held on May 29. For the first time BJP is going to form the government on its own. BJP won 41 seats in the 60 member state assembly. The tenure of the existing 9th Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly ends on June 1.

Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) president Prem Singh Tamang, popularly known as P S Golay, on Monday took oath as the chief minister of Sikkim.  Eleven SKM MLAs were also administered the oath by Governor Ganga Prasad at Paljor Stadium in Gangtok. 

Golay, who is not a member of the state assembly at present as he did not contest the polls, was elected as the SKM Legislature Party leader on Saturday.

Hundreds of SKM supporters who were at the stadium cheered the 51-year-old party chief when he was taking the oath in Nepali language. 

Former Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling and senior Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) leaders were conspicuous by their absence at the swearing-in. 

The SKM, founded in 2013, won a slender majority in the 32-member Sikkim Legislative Assembly by bagging 17 seats against 15 won by the SDF. The Chamling government was ousted by the SKM after over 24 years. 

The 11 SKM leaders who took the oath as ministers are Kunga Nima Lepcha, Sonam Lama, Bedu Singh Panth, Dr Mani Kumar Sharma, Arun Kumar Upreti, Sandup Lepcha, Lok Nath Sharma, Mingma Norbu Sherpa, Karma Loday Bhutia, Bhim Hang Limboo and Sanjit Kharel. 

Though a total of three women, including one SKM candidate, won the polls, the Golay ministry has no woman representative.  Sikkim can have a maximum of 12 ministers, including the chief minister.

In Odisha, Governor Ganeshi Lal has invited Naveen Patnaik to form the next government in the state after the BJD president staked claim on Sunday.

The BJD won 112 of the 146 assembly seats in the recently concluded assembly polls. Patnaik called on the Governor after he was elected as the leader of BJD’s legislature party for the fifth time in a row and furnished the list of 112 elected party MLAs.

Patnaik, who led the party to an emphatic victory in the Odisha assembly elections, is scheduled to be sworn in as the chief minister for a record fifth consecutive term on May 29.

The state has 147 assembly segments but polling in Patkura was postponed twice following the death of a candidate and then due to cyclone Fani.




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