Sarbananda Sonowal sworn in as the first BJP Chief Minister of Assam in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Tuesday. Mr. Sonowal, 53 took oath as the chief minister of the border state in a grand event where top BJP brass including Party President Amit Shah, Veteran leader LK Advani, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, Home Minister Rajnath Singh were present.
After taking oath in Assamese, Sonowal said that he will work for the people of Assam and will deliver on all promises made. He also thanked all voters for helping the BJP to take the charge of the state for the first time.
Sonowal was followed by Himanta Biswa Sarma who quit Congress and joined BJP before election and stood instrumental in winning the election in such a massive margin.
He will be the next Finance Minster of Assam.
Addressing the audience, Prime Minster Narendra Modi said that Assam is the centre of North Eastern states and Sarbananda Sonowal is dedicated to serve it. He also extended all assistance from the Central government for the development of the state.
There are six ministers from BJP and two from Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and two from Bodoland People’s Front ( BPF).
While the BJP had won 60 assembly seats on its own, the AGP and BPF had won 14 and 12 seats respectively, taking the alliance’s strength to 86 in the 126-member house.
Former Assamese Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, who was specially invited by Sonowal also took part in the event.
In the fully packed Khanapara rally ground in Guwahati, other NDA allies like Chandrababu Naidu and Ram Vilas Paswan were also present.
According to the sources, there will be a massive rally showing the strength of the party in the state after the oath taking ceremony. BJP sources said that one lakh people participated in the event. There were 80,000 chairs for public.