Himanta Biswa Sarma was sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Assam, along with 13 members of his cabinet, by Governor Governor Jagdish Mukhi in Guwahati this afternoon. The swearing-in ceremony was attended by BJP National President J P Nadda and many other leaders of the party as well as opposition parties.
Urkhao Gwra Brahma, chief of BJP ally United People’s Party Liberal, also took oath in the simple ceremony – amid restrictions in place due to the pandemic – at Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra in Guwahati.
At the meeting held in Guwahati yesterday, Sarbananda Sonowal Sonowal had proposed his name after Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave his approval for Mr Sarma’s elevation. It was seconded by the MLAs. Mr Sarma, 52, later met Governor Jagdish Mukhi to stake claim to form government.
Mr Sonowal had submitted his resignation to the Governor earlier this afternoon.
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.
In the 2016 Assembly polls, the BJP had projected Mr Sonowal as its chief ministerial candidate and won, forming its first government in the northeast. This time, the party had maintained that it would decide who would be the next chief minister after the elections.