Assam: BJP MLAs Jayanta Malla Baruah, Nandita to take oath as Cabinet Ministers 


Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced on Wednesday, nearly a month after completing one year in power that two more BJP MLAs will be inducted to the 14-member ministry, according to a press release by the govt of Assam.

The two new faces in the Assam govt are BJP MLAs Jayanta Malla Baruah and Nandita Gorlosa, who will take oath on Thursday in Guwahati. The swearing-in ceremony will be held at Sankardev Kalakshetra in Guwahati, according to the press release.

Jayanta Malla Baruah is currently working as the political secretary of the Chief Minister, and he is an MLA from Nalbari assembly constituency. He was originally in Congress, and was elected to the assembly in 2011 on a Congress ticket. 

In 2015, he left Congress and joined BJP, at a time when several senior leaders and MLAs of Congress had left the party to join BJP, including Himanta Biswa Sarma. While he was denied a ticket in the 2016 elections, he contested and won from Nalbari in the 2011 elections.

Nandita Gorlosa is a first time MLA from Haflong constituency, who is also an Executive Member of North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council, Dima Hasao.

The current Assam Cabinet includes 11 ministers from BJP, 2 from AGP (Asom Gana Parishad) and one from UPPL (United People’s Party Liberal). While the CM had the liberty to add foue more members to the ministry as per the constitution, he has decided to add only two ministers during this expansion.

Sarma took over as the chief minister of Assam in May last year as BJP returned to power in the assembly elections for the second consecutive term.


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