Sarbananda Sonowal took oath on Tuesday evening as the Chief Minister of Assam. He has become the first BJP leader to hold the post. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Chief Ministers of five other states, Union ministers and senior BJP leaders were present at the ceremony.
The whole Guwhati city was literally turned into a security fortress for the oath taking ceremony at the Veterinary College, which was attended by over 100 VVIPs including PM Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, party veteran LK Advani, Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Venkaiah Naidu, Suresh Prabhu, VK Singh, chief ministers of NDA-ruled states and northeastern states.
Addressing the huge gathering, PM Modi heaped praise on Sonowal saying, “A leader belonging to the tribal community, a leader dedicated to serving society will now be the CM of Assam.”
“I am sure Sonawal ji will serve Assam and work very hard to transform the state and his team will do the same,” PM ässerted.
Sonowal’s swearing-in ceremony was nothing short of a grand event. Starting from all BJP bigwigs, including veteran L K Advani, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and party chief Amit Shah, all the chief ministers from NDA-ruled states were present at the event. According to reports even diplomats from Saarc countries are attending the ceremony. Interestingly, the BJP marked its massive sweep in Maharashtra with a similar star-studded event for Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ swearing-in ceremony.