Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday took oath as Assam Chief Minister of the first BJP government in in Assam. Assam Governor Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya administered the oath of Sonowal and 16 of his cabinet colleagues in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP National President Amit Shah.
Guwahati’s Khanapara field was filled with more than one lakh people supporting the BJP-AGP-BPF government in Assam
Massive security arrangements have been made at the field where high profile leaders like Prime Minister Narendra Modi, outgoing Assam CM Tarun Gogoi, chief ministers of NDA-ruled states and diplomats from SAARC countries were in attendance.
“All security measures have been taken, it will be a high profile event. Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal will be represented by diplomats and PM Modi will wrap up his Iran visit to reach Assam,” said a BJP functionary.
Assam Governor Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya on Monday 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. Sonowal was unanimously elected as the leader of the BJP Legislature Party on Monday in the legislative party meeting held in Guwahati.
Along with Sonowal, 11 ministers are likely to take oath of office. Authorities have made massive security arrangements for the event as several political leaders along with spiritual leaders like Baba Ramdev and Satradhikar of Vaishnavite Satra are likely to attend.
Assam’s Chief Minister designate Sarbananda Sonowal has resigned from the Union Council of Ministers on Monday and his resignation letter was forwarded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the President, who accepted it.
In 1985, Assam had seen a similar open-air show, when the Asom Gana Parishad government assumed power. Political analysts see a lot of striking similarities between the 2016 assembly elections and the 1985 elections, where identity issue was at the forefront.
The 53 year old former Union Sports Minister, Sonowal began his political career with the All Assam Students Union before moving to AGP and later to BJP in 2011.
He was made president of the Assam unit of the BJP in 2012 and in 2014 he won the Lok Sabha election from Lakhimpur Constituency. In 2016, he was declared BJP’s chief ministerial candidate in January 2016.