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Khandu, the ‘spy’ who rules Arunachal
Published on 23 Oct. 2009 11:15 PM IST
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He was in the Indian Army Intelligence Corps for more than seven years, earning a gold medal for meritorious services during the Bangladesh liberation war. According to a UNI report, that ‘spy’, Dorjee Khandu, is set to take over the reins of the government in Arunachal Pradesh for a second time. Khandu was sworn in as the Chief Minister of rebellion-hit Arunachal Pradesh for the first time in 2006. Under his leadership, the Congress in the state romped home by securing a two-thirds majority in the just held Assembly polls, winning 42 seats (including three uncontested) in the 60-member House. The results of 57 Assembly seats, in which the elections were conducted on October 13, were declared yesterday. Khandu was born on March 3, 1955 at Gyangkhar village of Arunachal Pradesh. He belongs to the Monpa tribe and has four sons and two daughters. Apart from his stint in the Indian Army Intelligence Corps, he was actively engaged in social activity for villagers of Tawang district in his early years, he was instrumental in setting up cultural and cooperative societies. He led the cultural troupe representing Arunachal Pradesh in ASIAD in Delhi. He was conferred with the silver medal. He entered the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly in 1990 being elected uncontested to the first legislative assembly from Thingbu-Mukto constituency. Five years later, he was re-elected to the second Legislative Assembly from the same constituency. That year he also became the Minister of State for Cooperation and from there he rose to become a Cabinet Minister for Animal Husbandry, Veterinary and Dairy Development in 1996. He became Minister for Power in 1998. A number of small and medium power hydel projects was sanctioned during his tenure. Today he is one of the richest politicians of the state and his declared assets amount to more than Rs 20 crore.

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