Guwahati: Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma is known to spring surprises, and on Wednesday, the council of ministers was seen sitting on the floor for a cabinet meeting.
On Wednesday, Sarma chaired the cabinet meeting at Gandhip Mandap, a temple-like structure constructed in memory of Mahatma Gandhi atop the Sarania hillock in Guwahati.
It is still not known as to why the Assam chief minister decided to have the cabinet meeting on Wednesday at Gandhi Mandap.
Still, it was a great photo opportunity for the journalists in Guwahati – all the ministers were sitting on the floor with small tables placed in front.
The photograph of the cabinet meeting on Wednesday looked more like the pre-independence-era meetings Mahatma Gandhi used to hold.
Mahatma Gandhi always preferred to sit on carpets on the floor for meetings.
While people kept guessing about the unusual cabinet meeting, chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted: “The beautiful light & sound show started by Guwahati Smart City Ltd at Gandhi Mandap atop the Sarania Hills is really a sight to behold. I am sure holding #AssamCabinet at the location will help draw more visitors. My appeal to all to come and enjoy the beautiful sight by evening.”
The beautiful light & sound show started by Guwahati Smart City Ltd at Gandhi Mandap atop the Sarania Hills is really a sight to behold.
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) December 7, 2022
As Mahatma Gandhi always wanted to stay in and around the poor and underprivileged people, he chose Sarania hill in Guwahati (now Gandhi mandap) to stay whenever he visited Assam. Gandhi came to Assam four times – in 1921, 1926, 1934 and 1946.