Source: News Bharati English24 May 2016 16:54:36

Guwahati, May 24: In a major victory for Bharatiya Janata Party in Assam ,Senior BJP leader and former Union minister Sarbanand Sonowal will took oath as the new Chief Minister at Khanapara in Guwahati. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, several Chief Ministers and Union ministers and spiritual leaders witnessed the swearing-in ceremony.

It will be for the first time after 1985, when a Chief Minister will take oath in an open field. All arrangements have been made by the administration to smoothly conduct the swearing in ceremony.  On Sunday, Sonowal was unanimously elected as BJP Legislature Party leader in Assam.Sonowal took oath in Assamese as did Himanta Biswa Sarma, who was sworn in after the chief minister. Sarma, who crossed over to the BJP from the Congress last year and is credited with adding much fire power to the BJP's campaign in this election, is expected to be Assam's finance minister.  10 ministers also took oath during the ceremony, six ministers from the BJP and four from its pre-poll allies - two from the Asom Gana Parishad or AGP and two from the Bodoland People's Front (BPF).

Meanwhile, the BJP led new government has vowed to adopt zero tolerance towards corruption. Participating in AIR talk show in Guwahati last night, BJP Spokesperson Hiten Goswami stressed that new government would work to bring full transparency in service delivery system. The BJP and its allies Asom Gana Parishad and Bodoland People’s Front scored a massive victory bagging 86 seats in the 126 member Assam assembly.

Media correspondent reports that Sonowal, who became state BJP President in 2013 for the first time, started his political career in 2001 by becoming the member of Assam assembly in Asom Gana Parishad ticket.

In 2004, he became Lok Sabha member for the first time by defeating Congress strongman Pawan Singh Ghatowar from Dibrugarh constituency. Prior to his entry in politics,  Sonowal was the President of All Assam Students’ Union from 1992 to 1999. In last Lok Sabha polls, the BJP got 7 seats in Assam when Sonowal was in-charge of the state party unit. The party again made him state President last year.