The swearing-in ceremony at the Khanapara Veterinary College grounds was a show of strength for the BJP and its allies, with BJP president Amit Shah, 14 chief ministers and many union ministers in attendance.
On the eve of the assembly poll results, Gogoi, who has been chief minister for three consecutive terms, refuses to even discuss a scenario of the Congress falling short of the half-way mark in the 126-seat House.
Chaudhry was among nearly 12 Congress MPs, including Vijaylakshmi Sadho, Parvez Hashmi, Rajni Patil, who had left the House just before 6 pm, but came trooping back the moment Ahmed Patel started speaking.
The information was sought in the wake of an April 2013 investigation by The Indian Express-International Consortium of Investigative Journalists on investments by Indians in offshore entities in tax havens.
Then defence minister A K Antony replied in the negative in the Upper House to a question on whether AgustaWestland had been blacklisted. He said that the company’s reply to a showcause notice is “under process”.
Former chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta — against whom the Congress has resurrected the “secret killings” charge citing findings of a report tabled almost a decade ago — is pitted against a former ULFA commander.