July 18th, 2016
At 37, Pema Khandu becomes the youngest ever chief minister in India. Following the footsteps of his father Dorjee Khandu, Pema has worked hard for development and achieved the coveted seat of the chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh.
Pema had taken up governance in 2011, after his father and former chief minister Dorjee Khandu died in a chopper crash near Luguthang in Tawang district. And in five years, he has emerged as the chief ministerial prospect after Supreme Court’s intervention that changed the course of politics in the state with dissidents returning to Congress.
Pema was elected as the leader of the Congress Legislature Party yesterday, in a major change of events leading the party to fight to save its government.
Pema is a graduate of Delhi University’s prestigious Hindu College. In 2011, he took over the assembly seat that was vacant due to his father’s death. He also became the cabinet minister for Rural Works Department (RWD) and Tourism since November 21, 2011, in Nabam Tuki government and thereafter served the state as the cabinet minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, and Art & Culture.
He was re-inducted as the Urban Development Minister on June 1,2014 in the Nabam Tuki government after the general election. He quit as Minister in October last year and sided with dissident Kalikho Pul.
Pema, a father of three is a member of Monpa tribe. He had joined the Congress in early 2000 and became Secretary of the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee in 2005 and president of the Tawang District Congress Committee in 2010.