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Sarma, Sonowal to meet Nadda today; decision on CM likely

By Pragya Kaushika
May 08, 2021 11:17 IST
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Almost a week after winning the Assam Assembly polls, Bharatiya Janata Party is likely to decide on the name of its Chief Ministerial nominee on Saturday in a crucial meeting called by the central leadership of the party.


IMAGE: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in Guwahati. Photograph: PTI Photo

Party sources stated that incumbent Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Assam strongman and minister in his cabinet Himanta Biswa Sarma have been summoned to the national capital to decide the leadership issue in the state and will meet party national president Jagat Prakash Nadda before noon.

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 selection of 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 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 and United People's Party, Liberal bagged nine and six seats respectively.

In recently concluded assembly elections, the BJP secured 60 seats, while allies AGP and UPPL bagged nine and six seats respectively.

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Source: ANI
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