Guwahati, May 24: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sarbananda Sonowal is took oath as the next chief minister of Assam. An ethnic Assamese, hailing from Sonowal Kacharis tribe, he has raised high amount of expectations among the indigenous population of the state. The swearing-in ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with BJP chief Amit Shah. A large gathering of party workers and supporters also assembled in Guwahati to witness the historic moment. (ALSO READ: At Sarbananda Sonowal oath taking ceremony, Narendra Modi promises ‘vikaas’ and ‘parivartan’ in Assam)
Sonowal took oath in the presence of Assam Governor Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya, along with ten other ministers. Among the prominent faces, Congress rebel Himanta Biswa Sarma and AGP chief Atul Bora were also offered a position in Assam cabinet. (ALSO READ: Sarbananda Sonowal takes oath as chief minister: What electorate of Assam expects from the ethnic leader?)
The alliance of BJP with Asom Gana Parishad and Bodoland People’s Front stormed into power with the main poll plank of Bangladeshi infiltration. WIth the Muslim population in the state escalating to 34 per cent, the ethnic Assamese feared that the identity of Assam would be taken over by the Islamic community. The saffron ethnic coalition led by Sonowal not only promised to seal the borders on the east with Bangladesh within two years, but also deport the immigrants who have been staying in the state illegally since 1971.
At Sarbananda Sonowal oath taking ceremony, Narendra Modi promises ‘vikaas’ and ‘parivartan’ in Assam