Pema Khandu
Pema Khandu in July 2016.jpg
9th Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh
Assumed office
17 July 2016
GovernorJyoti Prasad Rajkhowa
Tathagata Roy
V. Shanmuganathan
Padmanabha Acharya
B. D. Mishra
Kaiwalya Trivikram Parnaik
DeputyChowna Mein
Preceded byNabam Tuki
Member of Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
Preceded byDorjee Khandu
Personal details
Born (1979-08-21) 21 August 1979 (age 43)
Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party[1]
Other political
Children3 (2 sons and 1 daughter)
Residence(s)Tawang and Itanagar
Alma materHindu College, University of Delhi
Source: [[2]]

Pema Khandu (born 21 August 1979) is an Indian politician and the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh. He is son of former Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Dorjee Khandu. Since assuming office of 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]

Personal life

Khandu is the eldest son of former Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, who died in a helicopter accident on 30 April 2011 on a constituency visit to Tawang. He is a graduate from Hindu College (Delhi University).[5] Khandu is a Buddhist by religion.[6]


Indian National Congress

Post his father's death, Khandu was included in the state government as Cabinet Minister for Water Resource Development and Tourism.[7][8] He won the by election to his father's constituency uncontested Mukto on 30 June 2011 as an Indian National Congress candidate.[9][10]

Khandu became a secretary of the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee in 2005 and the Tawang District Congress Committee president in 2010.[2] He was elected Congress Legislature Party leader on 16 July 2016 replacing Nabam Tuki.[11]

Khandu was re-elected unopposed from Mukto in the 2014 Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly election.[12]

Khandu took the oath as the chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh on 17 July 2016 at the age of 36 years following a year-long political crisis.

Peoples Party of Arunachal

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.[13]

Bharatiya Janata Party

On 21 December 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.[14][15][16]

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.[17][18]

In 2019 Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly election, Khandu won a landslide victory for Bharatiya Janata Party by winning 41 of 60 seats and its allies Janata Dal (United) with 7 states and National People's Party won 4 seats. Khandu took oath as Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister on 29 May 2019.[19]


Khandu also serves as the President of the Arunachal Pradesh Football Association since 2019.[20][21]


  1. ^ Shankar Bora, Bijay (31 December 2016). "Arunachal CM Pema Khandu joins BJP, ends political crisis". The Tribune. Arunachal Pradesh. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki: Cabinet Minister Profile". 2 March 2015. Archived from the original on 14 May 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Times of India" 16/9/16
  4. ^ Kashyap, Samudra Gupta (31 December 2016). "Arunachal gets full-fledged BJP govt as Pema Khandu, 32 others join saffron party". The Indian Express. Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  5. ^ "New cabinet sworn in, Pema Khandu makes it to the list". Arunachal Times. 23 May 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  6. ^ Bhatt, Sheela (26 October 2016). "Why Arunachal now worries Congress". The Indian Express. Retrieved 14 April 2021.
  7. ^ "New council of ministers formed in Arunachal Pradesh". 20 May 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ "The Assam Tribune Online". 1 July 2011. Archived from the original on 5 February 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Form 21E : Return of Election : Uncontested" (PDF). Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  11. ^ "Pema Khandu will be the youngest chief minister". Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  12. ^ "Arunachal Pradesh : General Election" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 August 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  13. ^ Kashyap, Samudra Gupta (26 October 2016). "Congress loses Arunachal two months after it got it, 43 of 44 MLAs defect". The Indian Express. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  14. ^ "Takam Pario: After Pema Khandu's suspension, Takam Pario likely to be new Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh". The Times of India. 30 December 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  15. ^ "Takam Pario likely to be Arunachal CM in 2017 after PPA suspends Pema Khandu, 6 MLAs - Politics News , Firstpost". Firstpost. 30 December 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  16. ^ Parashar, Utpal (30 December 2016). "Takam Pario, the richest Arunachal MLA, may replace Pema Khandu as CM". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  17. ^ Kashyap, Samudra Gupta (1 January 2017). "In Arunachal, CM Pema Khandu wins musical chairs game for BJP". The Indian Express. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  18. ^ Kashyap, Samudra Gupta (3 January 2017). "Arunachal: Shifting to BJP, Pema Khandu drops 3 ministers, 2 advisors, 5 parliamentary secretaries". The Indian Express. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  19. ^ "BJP Leader Pema Khandu Sworn In As Arunachal Chief Minister". NDTV India. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  20. ^ "Arunachal Pradesh Football Association". All India Football Federation. Retrieved 26 February 2020.
  21. ^ "Khandu takes reins of Arunachal Football Association". Eastern Sentinel. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
Political offices Preceded byNabam Tuki Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh 17 July 2016 - Present Succeeded byIncumbent