Ajanta Neog had left the party weeks before the March-April Assembly elections to join the ruling BJP
The first woman Finance Minister will present the first budget of Assam’s new state government. This was stated by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday
The chief minister said the budget would address the aspirations of people from all walks of life and be a guide of Assam’s progress and development.
“With blessings of PM Sri Narendra Modi, first woman FM of Assam Smt Ajanta Neog will present the first budget of the new government,” the CM tweeted, adding, “It shall address aspirations of all sections of society & will be designed to steer Assam’s pace of progress & development.”
Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on May 11 allocated the finance portfolio to Neog, making her the first woman Finance Minister of the northeastern state.
An influential minister in the previous Tarun Gogoi-led Congress government (2001-2016), Neog had left the party weeks before the March-April Assembly elections to join the ruling BJP. The leader retained her Golaghat seat, defeating her nearest opponent Bitupan Saikia of the Congress by a margin of 9,325 votes.