Assam Guv invites BJP-led alliance to form government

RSTV Bureau
Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister candidate Sarbananda Sonowal along with alliance party BPF chief Hagrama Mhilari (L), AGP president Atul Bora (3rd R), BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma (2nd R), AGP vice president Keshab Mahanta (2nd L) giving a letter for requesting formal Government to Assam Governor PB Achrya at Raj Bhawan in Guwahati on Sunday, May 22, 2016. Photo: PTI

Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister candidate Sarbananda Sonowal along with alliance party BPF chief Hagrama Mhilari (L), AGP president Atul Bora (3rd R), BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma (2nd R), AGP vice president Keshab Mahanta (2nd L) giving a letter for requesting formal Government to Assam Governor PB Achrya at Raj Bhawan in Guwahati on Sunday, May 22, 2016.
Photo: PTI

Assam Governor Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya today invited BJP, AGP and BPF to form the next government in Assam after the three partners staked their claim.

BJP Legislature Party Leader Sarbananda Sonowal, AGP president Atul Bora, and BPF chief Hagrama Mohilary led a delegation of MLAs to meet Acharya to stake their claim to form the next government in the state, told a Raj Bhawan spokesperson.

The Governor afterwards invited the BJP-led alliance to form the next government in the state.

The oath taking ceremony is scheduled to take place on May 24 and a host of dignitaries, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is slated to be in attendance.

BJP-led NDA is set to form its first ever government in the north eastern state Assam with two-thirds majority. While NDA won 86 of the 126 seats in the state assembly, Congress was reduced to just 26 seats. BJP won 60 seats, its ally Asom Gana Parishad 14 and Bodoland Peoples Front 12.

It is clear that this time Tarun Gogoi’s magic did not work Assamese voters. Gogoi had won three consecutive elections for the party and ruled the state for 15 years.

Congress had won 78 seats in 2011 assembly elections but this time the party is reduced to just one third of its tally in the 2011 assembly elections.

Earlier during the day, Sonowal was unanimously elected as the leader of the BJP Legislature Party.