Assam’s newly sworn-in chief minister, Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday promised a “poverty-free” state that will serve all sections of the society irrespective of caste, creed and religion.
“We all have to work together. In this election, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Bodoland People’s Front and Asom Gana Parishad went to the people with a pledge to work for all sections of the society, for Assamese, Bengalis, Rabhas, Marwaris and all others. People have reposed their faith in us,” Sonowal said in his maiden speech after being sworn-in as the chief minister.
“In Assam, all kinds of people reside. We may have different manner of praying to the God, but we have been living together for ages,” Sonowal said.
Referring to the issue of linguistic divide in the state, Sonowal, who spoke in Assamese, said: “Our government will work along with all sections of the society, ranging from the Barak Valley to Brahmaputra Valley.Â”
He said in the last two years Prime Minister Narendra Modi has steered an inclusive central government committed to development and “good governance”.
Sonowal also appreciated the immense sacrifices and hard work of foot soldiers of the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
Meantime, the oath-taking ceremony of BJP’s first government in the crucial northeastern state of Assam did not turn out to be a mega NDA show as two major alliance constituents – the Shiv Sena and the PDP – didn’t turn up for the event.
The Bharatiya Janata Party had invited all leaders of the National Democratic Alliance’s parties to attend the oath-taking ceremony of Sarbananda Sonowal.
Among those present were Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal of the Akali Dal, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, who heads the Telugu Desam Party, and union ministers Ram Vilas Paswan, head of the Lok Janshakti Party and Upendra Kushwaha, the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party chief.
However, only Badal and Naidu were allowed to speak on the occasion.
A Shiv Sena leader said that they were invited by party chief Uddhav Thackeray “was not in the city. So he could not reach there”.
Anil Desai was deputed by the party to attend the oath-taking ceremony but he didn’t turn up.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who heads the Peoples Democratic Party, also gave a miss to the mega show.