BJP candidate Nabam Rebia was on June 12 elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha from Arunachal Pradesh.
Rebia was declared elected as a member to the Upper House by Returning Officer Kago Habung after his nomination paper was found valid. He was the lone candidate to file nomination for the biennial election.
The RO handed over the certificate of election to Rebia in Itanagar, in presence of Assembly Speaker PD Sona, Chief Minister Pema Khandu, cabinet ministers and MLAs.
Talking to reporters, Rebia thanked BJP’s central and state leaders for reposing faith on him, and vowed to work for the people of the state.
Congratulating the newly elected RS member, Khandu said, “It is historic moment for BJP as for the first time three MPs (two Lok Sabha and one Rajya Sabha) are from the party. His dynamic experience will benefit the state.”
Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, who was also present, congratulated Rebia and expressed hope that he will do justice for the entire people of the state.
Speaker PD Sona in a tweet wrote, “Congratulations & best wishes to former speaker Nabam Rebia on being elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha from Arunachal. I believe with his years of experience and in-depth knowledge, he will work for the best interest of state in particular and nation in general.”
Rebia had earlier represented the state in the Upper House for two terms. He had also served as Assembly speaker and state cabinet minister.
The term of office of the incumbent member, Mukut Mithi ends on June 23.