Ending speculations on who would occupy the top post as both Sarma and outgoing chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal were contenders, the powerful NEDA convenor was elected as the legislature party leader, a week after the ruling alliance won the Assembly elections with a clear majority for the second successive term.
Sources said Sarma called on Governor Jagdish Mukhi at Raj Bhawan on Sunday and staked claim to form a government. Sarma, who was accompanied by Sonowal, submitted the list of elected legislators owing allegiance to the NDA. Mukhi accepted his claim and invited him to form the government, they said.
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