Pema Khandu

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Pema Khandu
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Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh
Assumed office
July 17, 2016
Preceded by Nabam Tuki
Personal details
Born (1979-08-21) 21 August 1979 (age 38)
Tawang district, Arunachal Pradesh, India
Political party Lotus BJP Bharatiya Janata Party[1]
Other political
Indian National Congress (till 16 Sep 2016)
Peoples Party of Arunachal (Sep 2016 to Dec 2016)
Children 3 (2 son and 1 daughter)
Residence Tawang and Itanagar
Alma mater Hindu College, University of Delhi

Pema Khandu is an Arunachalese politician and the Chief Minister of the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. Since becoming chief minister in July 2016, he and his government have twice changed their party affiliation; in September from the Indian National Congress to the Peoples Party of Arunachal,[3] and then in December 2016 to the Bharatiya Janata Party.[4] Previously he had served as Minister of Tourism, Urban Development and Water Resources in Nabam Tuki's government.[2]


Pema Khandu is a graduate from Hindu College (Delhi University).[5]

Personal life[edit]

He is the eldest son of former Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, who died in helicopter tragedy on 30 April 2011 on a constituency visit to Tawang. His political life catapulted post the death of his father making him youngest minister in the cabinet.


Post his father's death, Khandu was included in the state government as Cabinet Minister for Water Resource Development and Tourism.[6][7] He won the bye election to his father's constituency uncontestedMukto on 30 June 2011 as an Indian National Congress candidate.[8][9]

Khandu became a secretary of the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee in 2005, and the president of the Tawang District Congress Committee in 2010.[2] He was elected Congress Legislature Party leader on 16 July 2016 replacing Nabam Tuki.[10]

Khandu was re-elected unopposed from Mukto in the 2014 Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly election.[11] Khandu took the oath as the chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh on 17 July 2016 at the age of 37 years following a year long political crisis.

On 16 September 2016, 43 MLAs from the ruling party, under the CM Pema Khandu, defected from Indian National Congress to People's Party of Arunachal, an ally of Bharatiya Janata Party.[12]

On December 21, 2016 in a high octane drama Khandu was suspended from the party by the party president and Takam Pario was named as the next likely Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh replacing Khandu after People's Party of Arunachal suspended Khandu along with 6 other MLAs.[13][14][15]

In December 2016, Khandu proved majority on the floor of the house with 33 of the People's Party of Arunachal’s 43 legislators joining the Bharatiya Janata Party as the BJP increased its strength to 45 with support of two independents as it had 11 MLAs already. He became second Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh of Bharatiya Janata Party in Arunachal Pradesh after 44 days Gegong Apang led government in 2003.[16][17]


Political offices
Preceded by
Nabam Tuki
Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh
17 July 2016 - Present
Succeeded by