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.
Heartiest congratulations @KirenRijiju sir for taking charge as a Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports.
— Hima MON JAI (@HimaDas8) June 1, 2019
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”.
— Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (@mirabai_chanu) June 1, 2019
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.
Congratulations @KirenRijiju sir on becoming the new sports minister!
— Dipa Karmakar (@DipaKarmakar) June 1, 2019
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.
I have taken charge of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. I also took charge as Minister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs. With utmost dedication I'll deliver as per the expectation of PM @narendramodi ji and the people of India. pic.twitter.com/NGHEcx0B2M
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) May 31, 2019
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:
I ws a sportsman1st & Sports Min. later. I wrkd wid an athlete's temperament 2 do best 4 Indian sports
Here's to sports, here's to🇮🇳 @KirenRijiju is best suited 2 tk mission fwd
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) May 31, 2019
Congratulations to @KirenRijiju sir for being appointed as a Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports. I am sure sir that under your leadership and guidance sports in our country will reach new heights. @IndiaSports @Media_SAI
— Manika Batra (@manikabatra_TT) June 1, 2019
Congratulations to @KirenRijiju on becoming our nations new Sports Minister. All the very best as we try and attempt to become a strong sporting nation. “It’s not every four years it’s everyday”.
— Abhinav Bindra OLY (@Abhinav_Bindra) May 31, 2019
— Shiva Keshavan, OLY (@100thofasec) May 31, 2019
Congratulations to @KirenRijiju on being appointed as Minister of State for @IndiaSports. Happy to be of any help as you get down to steering Indian sport in the direction it needs to keep moving in, sir.
— Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) May 31, 2019
Hearty congratulations to my friend and dynamic leader from neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh Shri @KirenRijiju on taking oath as Minister of State (I/C).
Best wishes for the mission of transforming India through sports.
— Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) June 1, 2019
My dear elder brother @KirenRijiju, I am so happy and excited to see you take charge of your responsibilities. I pray to Almighty to give you strength, courage and humility so that you may serve the people with best motivation and dedication. https://t.co/oKRUudasHw
— Pema Khandu (@PemaKhanduBJP) May 31, 2019
— Biplab Kumar Deb (@BjpBiplab) June 1, 2019
Sport has so many valuable lessons to teach all of us @KirenRijiju as well as ensuring that future generations are able to lead healthier lifestyles through activity and participation in sports! All the bery best for your new role https://t.co/eiRKVz3Oiy
— Jonty Rhodes (@JontyRhodes8) June 1, 2019
Heartiest congratulations to Shri @KirenRijiju ji on assuming charge as Minister of State (IC) of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and Minister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs. I wish him all the very best in his great responsibilities in #ModiSarkaar2 . pic.twitter.com/yIPmG5TjAK
— N.Biren Singh (@NBirenSingh) June 1, 2019