Himanta Biswa Sarma to be sworn-in as Assam's new Chief Minister

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Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma (Image: Twitter/himantabiswa)
Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma (Image: Twitter/himantabiswa)

Assam : Himanta Biswa Sarma will be succeeding Sarbananda Sonowal as the Chief Minister of Assam. His name was proposed by Mr Sonowal on Sunday at a legislature party meeting held in Guwahati.

Bharatiya Janata Party won the second term in recently concluded assembly elections in the state. The party won 60 seats in the 126-member Assam assembly while its alliance partners AGP got nine seats and UPPL six seats.

In 2016 assembly elections, BJP had projected Mr Sonowal as its Chief Minister candidate and had won the elections, forming its government in the northeast. This time, the party had cleared that they will decide on the name of the Chief Minister after the elections are concluded.

Mr Sarma, who switched to the BJP from the Congress six years ago, is credited as the architect who brought the northeast states within the party's grasp.

Himanta Biswa Sarma had quit the Congress government of Tarun Gogoi in 2015. He then promptly joined the BJP, becoming its key strategist for the northeast. 

This time he has been promoted to the Chief Minister post.