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Himanta Biswa Sarma takes oath as Assam CM

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BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday was sworn in as the new chief minister of Assam by Governor Jagdish Mukhi.

Not just Sarma, but 13 members of the Cabinet were also administered oath of office. Sarma is replacing Sarnbananda Sonowal as the 15th chief minister of the northeastern state. Notably, Sonowal had recently tendered his resignation to the governor after a meeting with the BJP top bosses in Delhi.

The event was attended by BJP president JP Nadda and other party leaders as well members of the Opposition parties.

The development comes after the saffron party registered a victory in the state Assembly polls defeating the Congress alliance. The BJP won a second straight term in the recently concluded assembly polls in the state. The party won 60 seats in the 126-member Assam assembly while its alliance partners AGP got nine seats and UPPL six seats.

PM Modi congratulates Sarma

After Sarma took oath as the CM, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the new CM. He tweeted, “Congratulations to @himantabiswa Ji and the other Ministers who took oath today. I am confident this team will add momentum to the development journey of Assam and fulfill aspirations of the people.”

PM Modi also tweeted, “My valued colleague @sarbanandsonwal Ji was at the helm of a pro-people and pro-development administration over the last five years. His contribution towards Assam’s progress and strengthening the party in the state is immense.”

Himanta Biswa Sarma was a key strategist

While the BJP had in 2016 gone for the state poll with its state president Sarbananda Sonowal as the CM candidate, this time it had said that the CM candidate will be decided after the election. Notably, Sarma acted as a key strategist for the saffron party and helped it win elections in the state after he defected from the Congress while he was a minister in the state Cabinet.

Sarbananda Sonowal and Himanta Biswa Sarma were on Friday called to New Delhi by the BJP central leadership apparently to discuss the leadership issue of the next government.

Sarbananda Sonowal and Himanta Biswa Sarma met party president JP Nadda and Union home minister Amit Shah in Delhi on Saturday. Talks related to the formation of the next government in Assam and who will be the chief minister dominated the meetings

Sarma more popular

Sarbananda Sonowal, who belongs to Assam’s indigenous Sonowal-Kachari tribals, and Himanta Sarma, an Assamese Brahmin who is the convenor of the North East Democratic Alliance, were contenders for the top post of the Assam government. Political experts said one of the reasons behind choosing Sarma was his growing popularity in the state that dwarfed the popularity of Sonowal.

 

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