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HIMANTA BISWA SARMA CHOSEN ASSAM’S NEW CHIEF MINISTER

HIMANTA BISWA SARMA CHOSEN ASSAM’S NEW CHIEF MINISTER

Context

Himanta Biswa Sarma has been appointed as the 15th Chief Minister of Assam.

Details

  • He will replace Sarbananda Sonowal.

How is the Chief Minister appointed?        

  • Article 164 only says that the Chief Minister shall be appointed by the governor.
  • In accordance with the conventions of the parliamentary system of government, the governor has to appoint the leader of the majority party in the state legislative assembly as the Chief Minister.
  • The Constitution does not require that a person must prove his majority in the legislative assembly before he is appointed as the Chief Minister.
  • According to the Constitution, the Chief Minister may be a member of any of the two Houses of a state legislature.

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