Himanta Biswa Sarma takes oath as Chief Minister of Assam

Himanta Biswa Sarma has taken oath as the Chief Minister of Assam along with the new cabinet of the state.

Chief Minister of Assam
Chief Minister of Assam

Himanta Biswa Sarma, a senior BJP leader, took oath as the Chief Minister of Assam on May 10, 2021. His oath was administered by the Governor of Assam Jagdish Mukhi. The National President of BJP JP Nadda and other senior leaders of the party were also present on the occasion.

He was elected as the leader of BJP’s Legislative Party in Assam and was announced as the next Chief Minister of the state on May 9, 2021.

The announcement came after the meeting of the legislative party which was held on May 9 to decide the next Chief Minister of Assam. A crucial meeting in this regard which was chaired by BJP Chief JP Nadda was also held on May 8 in Delhi.

BJP-led NDA alliance had registered a resounding win in the recent assembly elections. The result of the assembly polls was announced on May 2, 2021.

13 Cabinet Ministers take oath:

PM Modi extends wishes to new Assam CM, praises former CM

As Himanta Biswa Sarma took oath as the new Chief Minister of Assam, Prime Minister Modi extended his wishes to the new CM and Cabinet Ministers of the state government.

Prime Minister Modi also acknowledged former CM of Assam Sarbanada Sonowal. Prime Minister addressed him as his valued colleague and acknowledged his contribution to the progress of Assam as well as in strengthening the party in the state.

Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma expresses gratitude to PM Modi:

On being announced as the next Chief Minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma took to Twitter to express his gratitude to PM Modi as well as to the people of Assam.

In his tweet, he thanked the Prime Minister for showing faith in him. He assured that the party in Assam will leave no stone unturned and will take the state and North East to greater heights.'

While thanking the people of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted that he will work with and each one of the individuals with greater passion. 

About Himanta Biswa Sarma:

Sarma had switched to the BJP from Congress six years ago. He has been credited as an architect who brought the northeastern states within the party’s grasp.

Sarma handled the health portfolio in the former CM Sarbanada Sonowal’s government in the state.

In 2015, he left the Congress government of Tarun Gogoi, joined BJP, and became its key strategist for the Northeast.

As BJP recorded a spectacular victory in the 2016 Assam elections, the post of Chief Minister went to Sonowal while Sarma was made the Chief of convener of the North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA). It is a BJP led front of anti-Congress parties.

Sarbanada Sonowal tenders resignation as Assam CM:

The outgoing Chief Minister of Assam Sarbanada Sonowal on May 9, 2021, tendered his resignation to the Governor of the state Jagdish Chandra Mukhi at Raj Bhavan.

Former CM tweeted that with the blessings of the people, he tendered his resignation as the CM of Assam to the Governor.

Issues over the selection of CM of Assam:

The BJP-led NDA had stormed back to power in the crucial Northeastern State and was able to retain its hold on the government.

However, the party was facing issues over the selection of the Chief Ministerial candidate. The former CM Sarbanada Sonowal has been considered as a leader with a clean image who also belongs to Assam’s indigenous tribal community.

On the other hand, a section of the BJP claimed that Himanta will be a better choice considering his appeal to the masses and strong organizational skills.

It was also reported that Himanta Biswa Sarma and the former CM of Assam Sarbanada Sonowal were also summoned to Delhi to take a call on the leadership issue in the state.

BJP in Assam:

The BJP led NDA won a second straight term in the recently concluded Assam Assembly elections. The party had also earlier recorded a victory in the 2016 assembly elections in the state.

The party was able to win 60 seats in 126 member Assam Assembly while its alliances United People’s Party, Liberal got 6 seats and Asom Gana Parishad got 9 seats.

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