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Himanta Biswa Sarma to be the 15th Chief Minister of Assam


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After Bharatiya Janata Party’s win in assembly elections, Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma is going to be the next Chief Minister of Assam. A late-night development on Saturday by a BJP leader who told the media that Himanta Biswa Sarma would be the next Chief Minister of Assam.

On 2nd May, the results were announced for the 126 member Assam assembly elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party won 60 seats while the alliance parties Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) won 9 seats and United People’s Party (UPPL) won 6 seats.

Why Himanata Biswa Sarma?

Often called a master strategist of the BJP, supporters of Himanta Biswa Sarma have already declared that he would be the next Chief Minister of Assam and are only waiting for an official declaration. There is no doubt that it was a tough decision for the BJP to choose between the two leaders.

Himanta Biswa Sarma was in Congress party before joining BJP. He proved himself in the Lok sabha elections 2019, his party scored a victory even after the ongoing protest of anti-CAA. Himanta Biswa Sarma 52-year-old proved his mark in expanding BJP’s party’s base in Assam.

Himanta Biswa Sarma was made the convenor of the North-Eastern Democratic Alliance (NEDA) after his political skills that were recognized by the senior top leaders of BJP.

A senior leader in Delhi said that only one leader can stay back in Assam and the other would have to return to Delhi.

The current Chief Minister Sarbananada Sonowal along with Himanta Biswa Sarma was called to Delhi to meet the Union Home minister Amit Shah, BJP President JP Nadda, and the party General Secretary BL Santhosh.

The two rounds of meetings happened at BJP President JP Nadda’s residence. Reports also suggest that the incumbent Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has himself proposed Himanta Biswa Sarma to be the next Chief Minister of Assam. The arrangement for the meeting was made by the State’s party unit chief Ranjeet Kumar Dass.

Sarbananda Sonowal has also handed over his resignation to Governor Jagdish Mukhi.

Sarbananada Sonowal belongs to Assam’s indigenous Sonowal-Kachari tribals and Himanta Biswa Sarma were both Contenders for the topmost post of the Assam Government.

According to reports the swearing-in ceremony would be held on Monday and due to COVID-19, there would be no huge celebration.

Around 4 pm today, the newly elected leader of NDA is said to be meeting the state Jagdish Mukhi to form the next government.

Why did Himanta Biswa Sharma leave Congress?

‘’Following the best tradition of democracy, I have resigned from my seat in Assam legislative assembly’’ Himanata Biswa Sarma Said.

He also stated that he was ready to seek a fresh mandate from the Jalukbari constituency if the BJP leadership gives him the ticket.

‘Lack of Democracy’ and ‘Family Centric’ politics forced Himanta Biswa Sarma in resigning as a legislator from the Congress Party. Himanta Biswa Sarma who has aimed to make India a superpower by 2025 told Sonia Gandhi by sending her a letter wherein he mentioned the same. Himanta Biswa Sarma also stated in the letter that from 2012 he had been observing that the situation in congress party was deteriorating and the party has lost respect due to the negligible attitude of the state. The arrogance replaced compassion and dedication to work for the people. A sense of status quo had come into the congress party.

A powerful leader like Himanata Biswa Sarma would have done well while staying in Congress however some issues led him to leave Congress Party which had benefited both Bharatiya Janata Party and Himanata Biswa Sarma. BJP did not reveal the name of the Chief Minister of Assam. After the results were announced for the 126-member Assam Assembly.

The Congress Party failed miserably in the Assam Assembly Elections by winning only 29 seats while Congresses alliances AIUDF got 16 seats, BPF got 4 seats and CPM got 1 seat.

An incident where Himanata Biswa Sarma had gone to meet Rahul Gandhi to discuss urgent matters on Assam where Rahul Gandhi did not seem interested in discussing the same but was busy feeding his dog. A Twitter war started between the two after which Senior Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi posted a video of his dog.

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