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Tarun Gogoi to swear in as new Assam CM today

Written by: Staff

Guwahati, May 14: Assam Chief Minister designate, Tarun Gogoi will be sworn in as the state Chief Minister today. He met the state Governor earlier and staked the Congress claim to form the new government yesterday.

Despite stiff opposition from party leaders, Gogoi drove Congress to the throne for the second consecutive term, the first such achievement in over three decades.

Gogoi is supported by 72 MLAs, including 12 members of the Bodo People's Progressive Front.

The front has sought key ministerial positions but Gogoi has not said anything about his likely cabinet yet.

The Congress leader was critical of the communal politics of the minorities' front.

The Assam United Democratic Front had hinted support to Gogoi's government but the Chief Minister is playing hardball.

Gogoi admitted that the front had affected the Congress party's performance in the polls.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi was unanimously re-elected as the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader on Saturday. He was the Chief Minister in the outgoing Congress ministry.

The meeting on Saturday also decided to give three ministerial berths to the Congress alliance partner, Bodoland Peoples Progressive Front (Hagrama) in the new Congress-led coalition ministry to be formed in the state.


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