Sarbananda Sonowal takes oath as Assam Chief Minister

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Sarbananda Sonowal took oath today evening as the Chief Minister of Assam. He has become the first BJP leader to hold the post. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Chief Ministers of five other states, Union ministers and senior BJP leaders were present at the ceremony.

Sarbananda Sonowal, who resigned as Union Minister of State for Sports after his party’s win in the recent Assembly elections in Assam, was administered the oath by Assam Governor PB Acharya.

The BJP-led alliance, that included the Bodoland Peoples Front and the Asom Gana Parishad, swept the election, winning 86 of the 126 seats. The two BJP allies have also found representation in the cabinet. Sonowal had won from the Majuli (ST) constituency.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi heaped praise on Sonowal. “I want to thank the people of Assam who wanted development and gave a chance to Sonowal ji to serve them. Born in a tribal family, a fighter is now going to lead the people of Assam,” said PM Modi while addressing the gathering after the swearing-in ceremony.

“I’ve seen Sarbanand Sonowal’s qualities when he served as a minister at the Centre. He is sweet, gentle and considerate,” he added.

Apart from PM Modi, the searing-in ceremony was attended by Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal, Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu, Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje, Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh and Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Outgoing Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi of the Congress also attended the swearing-in ceremony after receiving an invite from Sonowal.

Sarbananda Sonowal began his political career with the All Assam Students Union before moving to Asom Gana Parishad and later to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2011. He was made president of the Assam unit of the BJP in 2012. He was declared BJP’s chief ministerial candidate in January 2016.

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