seven new minister, four of cabinet rank and three ministers of State with Independent charge, were on Thursday sworn in and inducted in the Sonowal’s cabinet.
Seven new minister, four of cabinet rank and three ministers of State with Independent charge, were on Thursday sworn in as part of the expansion of the Sarbananda Sonowal-led BJP ministry in Assam.
The oath of office and secrecy was administered by Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi at Raj Bhavan this morning.
BPF MLA and Sidli legislator Chandan Brahma was the first to be administered oath of office. The Sidli MLA took the oath in Bodo language. Brahma was followed by senior AGP leader and Bongaigaon MLA Phani Bhushan Choudhury, East Guwahati legislator Siddhartha Bhattacharya and Diphu MLA Sum Ronghang who also took oath as cabinet ministers.
On the other hand, BJP legislators — Rangia MLA Bhabesh Kalita, Jagiroad MLA Pijush Hazarika and Sonari MLA Tapan Kumar Gogoi — were sworn-in as Ministers of State with Independent charge.
This is the first expansion of the Sarbananda Sonowal-led ministry, nearly two years after the BJP-led government took oath in Assam. With today’s expansion the number of ministers, including Chief Minister Sonowal, in the State Government rose to 18.