Guwahati: BJP leader Hemant Biswa Sarma has been elected as the leader of the Assam Legislative Party. Now Himanta Biswa Sarma will be the new Chief Minister of Assam. At four o’clock in the evening, the governor will meet Jagdish Mukhi and present his claim to form the government in the state. After this, Hemant Biswa can take the oath of Chief Minister tomorrow.
Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar and party general secretary Arun Singh were present as central observers in the legislative party meeting. After the meeting was over, Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said, “I unanimously declare Shri Himanta Biswa Sarma as the leader of the Legislature Party as the leader of the Assam State BJP Legislature.” Sarbananda Sonowal resigned as Chief Minister before the Legislature Party meeting began.
Hemant Biswa Sharma summoned to Delhi
The BJP high command summoned Sarbananda Sonowal and Hemant Biswa Sharma to Delhi yesterday. The two leaders met BJP President JP Nadda and Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi. The BJP did not announce its chief ministerial candidate before the election.
He projected Sonowal as the candidate for the post in the 2016 assembly elections and won the election. With this, the first government of the saffron party was formed in the northeast. This time, the party kept saying that after the elections it would decide who will be the next Chief Minister of Assam.
The BJP won 60 seats in the 126-member Assam Assembly, while its coalition partner Assam Gana Parishad won nine and the United Peoples Party Liberals won six seats. Sarbananda Sonowal defeated Congress leader Rajib Lochan Pegu by a margin of 43,192 votes to win his second consecutive term in Majuli.
Senior minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma retained the Jalukbari seat by defeating Romain Chandra Borthakur of Congress by a margin of 1,01,911 votes in the assembly elections. Apart from Sonowal and Sarma, 13 other BJP ministers managed to retain their seats easily.
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