File photo: Sarbananda Sonowal

Former Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who got the new responsibility as Union minister of ports, shipping and waterways, and Union minister of AYUSH, said that he would discharge his duties with all sincerity and dedication and do his best for the welfare of the people.

“I express my gratitude to Hon’ble PM Shri @narendramodi  ji for entrusting me as the Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, & Minister of AYUSH. Under your guidance, I will dedicate my services to the Nation,” tweeted Sonowal.

Sonowal gracefully stepped down from the post of Assam chief minister even though his government was voted back to power in the assembly elections in March-April.

“I am particularly grateful to the Prime Minister for giving five ministerial berths to the Northeastern region,” he said.

“I will work with all sincerity and dedication and for the welfare of the people. It is a big responsibility and I seek cooperation from everyone in my new journey,” he added.

Sonowal, 59, also thanked Union home minister Amit Shah and BJP president JP Nadda for choosing him to serve the nation in a new capacity.

In the past, he was elected twice to Lok Sabha and served as the Union sports and skill development minister in the first Modi government from 2014 to 2016 before becoming Assam’s chief minister.

The other ministers from the Northeast are Kiren Rijiju (law and justice), Rajkumar Ranjan Singh (minister of state for external affairs and education), Rameshwar Teli (minister of state for petroleum and natural gas, labour and employment) and Pratima Bhoumik (minister of state for social justice and empowerment).

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