Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma

Not less than a week for the reshuffle of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's central cabinet, now Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has announced reshuffle of two ministers in state cabinet. As per the order dated as of July 7, Assam CM announced reshuffling of portfolios of state ministers Urkhao Gwra Brahma and Ranuj Pegu.

Issuing the reshuffle order, Brahma, who holds the Handloom and Textile, and Soil Conservation portfolios, will also be the in-charge of the Welfare of Bodoland Department, it said.

Besides the Education (Higher, Secondary and Elementary) Department, Pegu will also take care of the Welfare of Plain Tribes and Backward Classes Department.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Himanta Biswa Sarma was sworn in as the 15th Chief Minister of Assam on May 10, replacing former Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.

Sarma, who was the charioteer of Bharatiya Janta Party's stride in the Northeast was administered the oath in presence of state Governor Jagdish Mukhi, the BJP national President JP Nadda and other leaders.

Sarma, clad in traditional 'pat silk' dhoti and kurta with a muga 'gamosa' draped around his neck, took the oath of office and secrecy in Assamese.

Along with him, 14 legislators were also sworn-in as ministers amid strict COVID-19 protocols.

Known to have played a pivotal role in the BJP's growing footprint in the Northeast, Sarma left the Congress in 2015 despite being close to Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi as he felt sidelined.

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