Himanta Biswa Sarma to take oath as new Chief Minister of Assam today

 Himanta Biswa Sarma to take oath as new Chief Minister of Assam today

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Governor Jagdish Mukhi invited him to be sworn in after Sarma met him on Sunday at Raj Bhawan and submitted a list of elected legislators owing allegiance to the NDA

GUWAHATI

BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma will take oath as Chief Minister of Assam on Monday at the Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra here.

Biswa, who is currently the Assam Health Minister, was on Sunday unanimously elected as the legislative party leader by BJP MLAs during a meeting, a week after the ruling alliance won the Assembly elections for the second successive term.

Governor Jagdish Mukhi invited him to be sworn in after Sarma met him Sunday at Raj Bhawan and submitted a list of elected legislators owing allegiance to the NDA.

Sarma will be administered the oath of office by the Governor at 12 noon though the names or the number of ministers to be sworn in with him is yet to be announced.

Earlier on Tuesday, outgoing Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who was also the contender for the key post, tendered his resignation to the governor.

Sarma’s name for the top post was proposed by Sonowal and seconded by BJP state party president MLA Ranjeet Kumar Dass and newly elected Haflong MLA Nandita Garlosa.

On Saturday, Sonowal and Sarma met BJP chief JP Nadda and Union Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi to discuss the leadership issue and the formation of the next government in the state.

The BJP had not announced its chief ministerial candidate before the Assembly elections in the state.

In the recently-concluded Assam polls, the ruling BJP alliance registered a landmark victory, becoming the first non-Congress government in the state to retain power for the second consecutive term.

Of the 126 assembly seats in Assam, the ruling alliance has secured 75 seats with BJP winning 60 while its alliance partners AGP bagged nine seats and UPPL six.

Agencies

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