Senior BJP leader and former Union minister Sarbanand Sonowal was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Assam on 24 May 2016. Governor Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya administered his oath of office and secrecy at Khanapara in Guwahati.
It was the first time after 1985, when a Chief Minister took his oath in an open field.
With this, Sonowal became Assam’s second tribal chief minister after Jogen Hazarika in the 1970s. He is also first Chief Minister from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Assam.
It is the first time that a BJP-led alliance will form a majority government in Assam.
Earlier on 19 May 2016, the BJP and its allies Asom Gana Parishad and Bodoland People’s Front scored a massive victory bagging 86 seats in the 126 member Assam assembly. In 2011 Assembly elections of Assam the party won only five seats.
• He became state BJP President in 2013 for the first time.
• He started his political career in 2001 by becoming the member of Assam assembly in Asom Gana Parishad ticket.
• In 2004, he became Lok Sabha member for the first time by defeating Congress strongman Pawan Singh Ghatowar from Dibrugarh constituency.
• He joined Prime Minister Modi’s cabinet as the Union Minister for Sports & Youth Affairs.
• Prior to his political stint, he was the President of All Assam Students’ Union from 1992 to 1999.
• During 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the BJP got 7 seats in Assam when Sonowal was in-charge of the state party unit.
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