Guwahati: Tarun Gogoi, who took oath as
Chief Minister of Assam for the third consecutive term on Wednesday,
said he will go to New Delhi to finalise the list of
"Altogether there will be 18 ministers and so all
factors have to be considered before deciding on the list of
ministry," he told reporters after his swearing-in in the Raj
Bodo Peoples Front, the alliance partner of Congress,
will be included in the government, he said.
The chief minister said the lone Trinamool Congress
MLA has been asked by party chief and West Bengal chief
minister designate Mamata Banerjee to support the Congress.
"Another independent MLA has talked to me and supported the
"This shows the overwhelming support for our party and
the government`s policies in the last 10 years," he said.
Asked on his top priorities, Gogoi said peace and
development will be on top of his agenda.
"The peace process initiated with the ULFA and other
insurgent groups will be carried forward to ensure that the
insurgency problem is solved permanently... As Union Finance
Minister Pranab Mukherjee had said people voted for continuity
and we will ensure that the developmental process initiated by
the government in the last two terms benefits the people," the
chief minister said.
Voters wanted the continuation of the developmental
process and therefore voted for Congress. "They very well knew
that if any other party comes to power the developmental
process will be adversely affected," he said.