Sport Stars From Northeast Welcome New Minister Kiren Rijiju

Kiren Rijiju took charge as the minister for Youth Affairs and Sports from Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. Photo courtesy: The Hindu and Amar Ujala
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Guwahati, June 1, 2019

Arjuna awardee and sprinter Hima Das along with the entire sports fraternity congratulated and welcomed the newly appointed Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju with the hope that the field of sports will achieve new heights in the next five years.

Along with the ‘Dhing Express’ Hima, champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu from Manipur, gymnast from Tripura Dipa Karmakar also extended their best wishes to the newly elected minister for becoming a part of Modi government 2.0.

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47-year-old Rijiju, who took charge as the Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports from Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on May 31st, 2019. Reverting back to Hima’s wishes, the Minister asked track sensation to “get ready for Tokyo 2020”.

Rijiju also thanked the sports fraternity for the warm welcome. “I sincerely thank all the Sportspersons of India for the warm welcome and good wishes to me. I shall be working closely with you all and the Sports Federations to bring about a sports revolution and to introduce a sports culture in India. We are a team!,” he tweeted.

Rijiju, who is considered the face of the BJP in the Northeast, is a lawyer by qualification. He won the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 from the Arunachal West seat for the second consecutive term. He was earlier the Minister of State for Home Affairs.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, Rijiju defeated Congress candidate and former Arunachal Pradesh CM Nabam Tuki by a margin of 1,67,132 votes in the Arunachal West seat. He along with other ministers took the oath of office and secrecy in a glittering swearing-in ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on May 30th, 2019.

Check out the congratulatory tweets: