GUWAHATI, May 22 - With a host of dignitaries including Prime Minister Narendra Modi scheduled to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the BJP-led alliance ministry in the State on May 24, security has become a major issue and the State police and Central agencies are holding a series of meetings to ensure peaceful passage of the event.
Highly placed official sources told The Assam Tribune that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, several Central Ministers, Chief Ministers of the NDA-ruled states, Chief Ministers of the Northeastern states, diplomats of the neighbouring countries and spiritual leaders are expected to attend the swearing-in ceremony.
Though the Prime Minister is scheduled to leave for New Delhi immediately after the swearing-in ceremony, a number of other dignitaries will stay back for the night. The administration has booked more than a hundred hotel rooms, while, on its own, the BJP has also booked rooms in the city hotels.
Sources said that the Khanapara Veterinary College playground has been sensitized and massive security arrangements have been made on the ground where two separate daises have been constructed. After the swearing-in ceremony, a public meeting will also be held to be addressed by the Prime Minister. But it is still not confirmed whether anyone else will address the meeting.
Apart from the dignitaries, the security agencies are expecting a huge turnout of the supporters of the BJP and alliance partners. There will be seating arrangement for 20,000 people. CCTV cameras have also been installed all around the ground and security presence has also been increased in and around the hotels where the government has booked rooms for the accommodation of the dignitaries.