BJP Legislative Party to meet tomorrow in Guwahati over Assam CM matter, says Himanta Biswa Sarma

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Published: May 8,2021 05:03 PM
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BJP Legislative Party meet may take place in Guwahati tomorrow. Answers to all questions will come out of that meeting,” Sarma said.

May 8, 2021: Amid suspense over the next chief minister of Assam, the two main contenders for the post -- Sarbananda Sonowal and Himanta Biswa Sarma -- met BJP president J P Nadda and Union Home Minister Amit Shah here on Saturday.



After a series of meetings, Himanta Biswa Sarma told reporters that BJP's Assam legislature party is likely to meet in Guwahati on Sunday.



 “BJP Legislative Party meet may take place in Guwahati tomorrow. Answers to all questions will come out of that meeting,” Sarma said.



Party sources had earlier stated that Sonowal and Sarma had been summoned to the national capital to take a call on the leadership issue in the state.



Three rounds of meetings were held at Nadda's residence between both leaders from Assam, Shah, BJP general secretary (organisation) B L Santhosh and the party president.



The meetings lasted for more than four hours.



In the first two rounds of meetings, the BJP's top brass met Sonowal and Sarma separately. While in the final and third round of meeting, the saffron party's top leadership met both Assam leaders together.



Talks related to formation of the next government in Assam and who will be the chief minister dominated the meetings.



Sonowal and Sarma came to Nadda's residence separately, and left in the same car after the meetings.



The BJP has stormed back to power in the crucial Northeastern state retaining its hold on the government.



It may be added that in the 2016 Assembly polls, the BJP had projected Sonowal as its chief ministerial candidate and won, forming the first saffron party government in the northeast butthe BJP had not announced a chief ministerial candidate before the Assembly polls in Assam.



Sonowal is considered a leader with a 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 to the masses.



Sources stated that the party is expected to make an announcement on the new CM of the state soon after a 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 per cent, 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.