Arunachal Pradesh Governor JP Rajkhowa has congratulated Chief Minister Kalikho Pul for successfully clearing the floor test "with one hundred per cent voting in Pul’s favour in the Assembly".
"Pul has established himself as the undisputed and most popular democratically elected leader of the state," an official communique quoting the governor said here on Friday.
Pul had on Thursday proved his majority on the floor of the Assembly with the support of 40 MLAs. The effective strength of the 60-member house is 58.
The 40 MLAs who lent support to Pul comprised 27 of Congress, 11 of BJP and two independents.
17 Congress MLAs loyal to former chief minister Nabam Tuki were absent.
The Governor expressed confidence that Pul would rise to the expectations of the people, particularly the common man and do everything possible to make all sections of the people contented.
Joining the people of the state in wishing Pul for many successful years ahead in the service of the people of the state and the nation as the chief minister, Rajkhowa expressed hope that under Pul’s astute leadership, the state would march forward along the road to peace, prosperity and all round sustainable development.
The Governor also congratulated Wangki Lowang for being unanimously elected to the post of Speaker of Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly.
He expressed hope and confidence that Lowang would uphold the dignity and sanctity of the esteemed post and Indian Constitution.
Rajkhowa said the Speaker has the pivotal role to play in ensuring that the proceedings of the Assembly are fairly and smoothly conducted, maintaining the decorum of the House.
"The position of the Speaker is not only one of eminence but it is certainly of dignity, prestige and high responsibilities. As a constitutional entity, you have to act as neutral umpire between the ruling party and the opposition," he added.
Lowang along with Deputy Speaker T N Thongdok had called on the Governor at Raj Bhavan on Thursday and formally submitted the proceedings of the House which was adjourned sine die after completing the business on the day, the communique added.