ITANAGAR, Oct 28 (PTI) � Journalist-turned-politician Gabriel Denwang Wangsu today took oath as one of the Members of the 60-Member Legislative Assembly in Arunachal Pradesh.
The newly elected MLA from Kanubari assembly constituency was administered the oath of office and secrecy by State Assembly Speaker Nabam Rebia, amid cheers from his supporters and relatives, in a brief ceremony held at the Nokmey Namati Hall of the Assembly Secretariat at Naharlagun.
Among others, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, his ministerial colleague Kamlung Mossang and some of the legislators were present on the occasion. Gabriel�s family members also witnessed his swearing-in ceremony.
Contesting on a Congress ticket, the 42-year-old Wangsu had won the October 15 Assembly bye-election from Kanubari seat by defeating his BJP rival, Rongnai Maham by 885 votes. Wangsu had garnered 5,231 votes as against Maham�s 4,346 votes.
The bye-poll was necessitated following the death of incumbent and Congress veteran Newlai Tingkhatra due to a massive brain stroke days before he was declared winner in the April 9, 2014 general elections.
In the 60-Member House, the ruling Congress party has 42 Members, followed by BJP � 11, People�s Party of Arunachal (PPA) � 5 and Independents � 2.
On being asked what will be his priority as an MLA of Kanubari, Wangsu told reporters that ensuring sustainable development of the people of his constituency, Kanubari, would be his priority area. �I am going to prepare a road map for sustainable development of people of Kanubari.�