36 years on, Arunachal gets its second woman minister

"I am very happy. The women of the state are happy. The BJP has appointed a woman as a minister," Dasanglu Pul said after being sworn in.
Dasanglu Pul is the wife wife of former Chief Minister Kalikho Pul.
Dasanglu Pul is the wife wife of former Chief Minister Kalikho Pul. (Special Arrangement)

GUWAHATI: After a wait of 36 years, Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday got its second woman minister in Dasanglu Pul.

The first to be appointed as a minister was Komoli Mossang. She had created history in 1988 by becoming a deputy minister. She was appointed as a cabinet minister in 1990.

The 46-year-old Dasanglu is a 12th pass and wife of former Chief Minister Kalikho Pul. She was among 10 BJP candidates who had won the April 19 Assembly elections uncontested.

Dasanglu was elated after her induction into the Pema Khandu ministry.

"I am very happy. The women of the state are happy. The BJP has appointed a woman as a minister. I thank the BJP government and the Chief Minister on behalf of the women of the state," she told journalists.

"The BJP always talks about women empowerment. The Narendra Modi government also passed the women reservation bill in both houses of parliament. It will be rolled out by 2029. In Arunachal Assembly too, there will be 33 per cent reservation for women. By appointing a woman as a minister, we tried to send a message to the women of the state to be ready as a government should be run also through women," CM Pema Khandu said.

Dasanglu Pul is the wife wife of former Chief Minister Kalikho Pul.
Biju Kumar Sarmah: Sowing hope & promising life

She said all women present at the swearing-in ceremony clapped when her name was called out for her to take oath. She said this showed how happy the women of the state were on her appointment.

"From the beginning, the BJP has been working relentlessly for the empowerment of women in the state," Dasanglu said.

She was a social worker prior to her election to the Assembly in 2016. She had then won a by-election from the Hayuliang constituency in eastern Arunachal. The by-election was necessitated by her husband's demise.

She got re-elected from the same seat in 2019 but it was challenged in the court by Lupalum Kri, the Congress candidate who lost to her. He said she had concealed information about her properties in her election affidavit.

In April last year, the Gauhati High Court had declared her win as null and void for concealment of information in the election affidavit. She, however, moved the Supreme Court and it set aside the High Court's order.

Related Stories

No stories found.

X
The New Indian Express
www.newindianexpress.com