Himanta Biswa Sarma has succeeded Sarbananda Sonowal as the fifteenth Chief Minister of Assam – his political race at the Legislature Party meeting on Sunday finishing a long time of anticipation regarding the matter. Mr Sarma sworn in a the chief minister at around 11:30 am today. BJP National President JP Nadda alongside other top leaders and about six other chief ministers were some of attendees present in the ceremony.
In the meeting yesterday in Guwahati, Mr Sonowal had proposed his name after Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave his endorsement for Mr Sarma’s rise. It was favored by the MLAs. Mr Sarma, 52, later met Governor Jagdish Mukhi to stake guarantee to form government.
Mr Sonowal has also presented his resignation to the state Governor.
The BJP has retained power for the second straight term in the recently finished up state assembly elections. The saffron party won 60 seats out of total 126 seats assembly while its coalition partners AGP got 9 seats and UPPL 6 seats.
In the 2016 Assembly elections, the BJP had estimated Mr Sonowal as its chief ministerial candidate and won, framing its first government in the upper east. This time, the gathering had kept up that it would conclude who might be the following chief minister after the elections.
Expressing his gratitude afterward Mr Sarma tweeted, “How enormously blessed I feel Hon PM Sri @narendramodi for your faith in me. This is the biggest day in my life, and I so fondly cherish your generous affection. I assure you we shall leave no stone unturned to carry forward your vision of taking Assam, & NE to greater heights.”
Sarma had quit Congress to join BJP in 2015 and became the key strategist in the northeast.
The next year i.e., in 2016 the state underwent assembly elections in which BJP won a landslide victory sweeping Congress which ruled Assam for three straight terms.
But the Chief Minister post was given to Mr Sonowal as Mr Sarma was a new member in the party.
Santa’s ability kept very influential in the party all along and that is what has took him taking the Chief Ministerial seat today in the successive term of the party.