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Swearing-in function venue to be shifted

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, May 23 � Though the date for the swearing-in of the members of the new Council of Ministers is yet to be finalized, the State administration has started making preparations for the ceremony.

However, the swearing-in ceremony will not be held at the Raj Bhawan because of space constraints. Official sources said that the ceremony would be held either at the Pragjyoti ITA Centre for Performing Arts, Machkhowa or at the Sarusajai indoor stadium.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi was administered the oath of office and secrecy by the Governor JB Patnaik at a function held at the Raj Bhawan on May 18 and he left for New Delhi on May 20 to seek the approval of Congress president Sonia Gandhi to the list of members to be included in the Council of Ministers.

However, during the ceremony at the Raj Bhawan, it was found that holding of the swearing in ceremony of the Council of Ministers in the Darbar hall of the Bhawan would be a difficult proposition as all the legislators of the Congress and Bodoland People�s Front (BPF), senior officers of the Government, members of political parties and the family members of the persons to be sworn in as ministers are likely to attend the function.

During the swearing- in ceremony of the Chief Minister also, the space constraints came to notice and the Government could not even accommodate all the mediapersons who wanted to cover the function. This forced the Government to take the decision to shift the swearing-in ceremony of the members of the Council of Ministers to another venue.

Official sources said that though the Chief Minister is yet to confirm the date of the swearing-in function, the list of invitees is being prepared and �we want to make all arrangements in place to hold the function smoothly as and when the Chief Minister desires.�

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Swearing-in function venue to be shifted

GUWAHATI, May 23 � Though the date for the swearing-in of the members of the new Council of Ministers is yet to be finalized, the State administration has started making preparations for the ceremony.

However, the swearing-in ceremony will not be held at the Raj Bhawan because of space constraints. Official sources said that the ceremony would be held either at the Pragjyoti ITA Centre for Performing Arts, Machkhowa or at the Sarusajai indoor stadium.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi was administered the oath of office and secrecy by the Governor JB Patnaik at a function held at the Raj Bhawan on May 18 and he left for New Delhi on May 20 to seek the approval of Congress president Sonia Gandhi to the list of members to be included in the Council of Ministers.

However, during the ceremony at the Raj Bhawan, it was found that holding of the swearing in ceremony of the Council of Ministers in the Darbar hall of the Bhawan would be a difficult proposition as all the legislators of the Congress and Bodoland People�s Front (BPF), senior officers of the Government, members of political parties and the family members of the persons to be sworn in as ministers are likely to attend the function.

During the swearing- in ceremony of the Chief Minister also, the space constraints came to notice and the Government could not even accommodate all the mediapersons who wanted to cover the function. This forced the Government to take the decision to shift the swearing-in ceremony of the members of the Council of Ministers to another venue.

Official sources said that though the Chief Minister is yet to confirm the date of the swearing-in function, the list of invitees is being prepared and �we want to make all arrangements in place to hold the function smoothly as and when the Chief Minister desires.�