Almost a week after winning the Assam Assembly polls, Assam’s caretaker Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and his Cabinet colleague Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday met BJP chief JP Nadda at his residence in Delhi reportedly to decide on the name of the Chief Ministerial nominee.
“BJP Legislative Party meet may take place in Guwahati tomorrow. Answers of all questions will come out of that meeting,” Sarma said after meeting Nadda.
Delhi: Assam’s caretaker CM Sarbananda Sonowal & his Cabinet colleague Himanta Biswa Sarma leave BJP chief JP Nadda’s residence after a meeting.
“BJP Legislative Party meet may take place in Guwahati tomorrow. Answers of all questions will come out of that meeting,” says Sarma. pic.twitter.com/63yY9vnsux
— ANI (@ANI) May 8, 2021
Party sources stated that both the duo was summoned to the national capital to decide the leadership issue in the state. The BJP has stormed back to power in the crucial Northeastern state retaining its hold on the government. However, it is understood that the party has been facing issues over the selection of the Chief Minister.
Sonowal is considered a leader with clean image and belongs to Assam’s indigenous tribal community. However, a section of the party feels that Himanta would be a better choice considering his strong organizational skills and appeal with the masses.
Sources stated that the party is expected to make an announcement on the new CM of the state soon after customary meeting of the party’s parliamentary board.
BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) secured a comfortable majority in Assam winning 75 seats of the total 126 constituencies. While BJP secured 60 seats, about 33 its allies Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and United People’s Party, Liberal (UPPL) bagged nine and six seats respectively.
In the recently concluded assembly elections, the BJP secured 60 seats, while allies Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and United People’s Party, Liberal (UPPL) bagged nine and six seats respectively.