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Kalikho Pul Ministry expanded

By Correspondent

ITANAGAR, March 5 - Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Kalikho Pul today expanded his 15-day-old Ministry by inducting seven Ministers, including two as Deputy Chief Ministers into his Council of Ministers.

The Ministers were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa in a simple function at Durbar Hall of Raj Bhawan here this evening.

Those appointed as Deputy CMs are former Congress veteran and MLA Kameng Dolo and former Finance Minister Chowna Mein. Five other Ministers are Kumar Waii, Lombo Tayeng, Tenzing Norbu Thongdok, Wangling Lowangdong and Kamlung Mossang.

Lowangdong, Waii and Mossang were members of the previous Ministry headed by Nabam Tuki, while Thongdok was Deputy Speaker, who quit the post yesterday. The expansion took place barely two days after Pul-led Congress Government merged with People�s Party of Arunachal.

While talking to reporters, the Chief Minister informed that portfolios to the new Ministers will be distributed tomorrow. To another poser, he said, �Government will continue to accord priority to critical essential services sectors � education, health, road, power & water supply, police (law and order) � to bring the State on the path to development.�

The swearing-in ceremony was attended by former Chief Ministers Gegong Apang and Mukut Mithi (presently a Congress MP in Rajya Sabha), BJP leader Tamiyo Taga and PPA chairman Kamen Ringu, among others.

Budget session: Meanwhile, Governor JP Rajkhowa has summoned the Budget session of the State Assembly for a six-day sitting starting March 21 to 26.

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