The stage is all set for the Bharatiya Janata Party-led alliance government to assume office in Assam as elaborate arrangements have been made in the Khanapara Veterinary College playground for the swearing-in ceremony to be held on May 24, 2016. Chief minister-designate Sarbananda Sonowal and the members of his council of ministers will take oath in the presence of host of dignitaries, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, several members of the Union council of ministers and others. The ceremony will also be attended by chief ministers of the NDA-ruled states, spiritual leaders and senior leaders of the alliance partners.
Media reports, quoting sources in the BJP, suggested that the full team of ministers might not be sworn in even as the seat-sharing pattern with the allies was being decided. As per a decision taken on Monday evening, apart from Sonowal, five members of the BJP and two each from the alliance partners Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) are likely to be sworn in as ministers on Tuesday.
As the names of the ministers to be sworn in are yet to be formally announced, there have been widespread speculations on the issue. The BJP and its allies did not submit the list to the Raj Bhavan till late evening and BJP sources said that as the ceremony is scheduled for the afternoon, there was enough time to submit the list in the morning for the necessary formalities. The swearing-in ceremony is scheduled to start at 4 pm.
As the BJP has assumed power in the Northeastern state for the first time, a huge crowd is expected to attend the ceremony and elaborate security arrangements have been made in the venue. Police and central force personnel from other parts of the state have also been brought into the city to ensure that no untoward incident takes place on the day of the swearing-in ceremony.
The swearing-in ceremony will be followed by a public meeting, which will be addressed by the Prime Minister.