Five new MLAs, who were elected in the recently held by-elections to Assam Assembly took oath as MLAs on Thursday.
Assam Assembly Speaker Biswajit Daimary administered the oath to BJP MLAs Phanidhar Talukdar, Rupjyoti Kurmi and Sushanta Borgohain, and ruling alliance UPPL’s Jiron Basumatary and Jolen Daimary.
While the BJP legislators took the oath in Assamese, the UPPL members took the oath in Bodo.
BJP candidates Talukdar, Kurmi and Borgohain won Bhabanipur, Mariani and Thowra constituencies respectively.
All the three were elected as opposition MLAs during the assembly elections held in March-April this year, but later resigned and joined the saffron party.
UPPL’s Basumatary and Daimary bagged the Gossaigaon and Tamulpur seats respectively.
With these victories in the by-elections, the BJP’s strength in the 126-member Assam Assembly has increased to 62 and UPPL’s to seven.
The other ruling ally AGP, which did not field any candidate in the by-elections, has nine MLAs.