GUWAHATI: Assam has determined and it’s time for the winning party of BJP to come to a decision. Immediately after the BJP led alliance comfortably secured the majority with 75 seats out of the complete 126 seats of Assam Meeting, the prime question that has been making rounds used to be that who ho would be the chief minister.
Though in the 2016 Assam elections, the BJP had contested the elections with the chief ministerial face of Sarbananda Sonowal and pitched its punch line of ‘Sokolore Anando, Sarbananda’ (everyone’s happiness is Sarbananda), the saffron camp in the recently concluded ballot did not project anyone as the chief ministerial candidate.
The strategy of the saffron camp led to confusion amongst the people of the state that who would be the chief minister whether BJP comes to power. With his powerful presence and the successful management of COVID19 first wave, Himanta Biswa Sarma’s name in place of Sonowal has been making rounds and lots of believed that Sarma might be provided the charge this time.
Pramod Boro, chief of United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL), a new ally of the ruling BJP, said, “The mandate is out and the people of Assam has provided us the chance to serve once again. Due to this fact, we need a dynamic leader as the chief minister.”
BJP’s old-time ally Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) president Atul Bora said, “BJP’s high command will come to a decision who would be the chief minister.”
Even Sonowal and Sarma ducked the questions when asked. Either one of them said that the decision must be taken by the party’s top leaders in Delhi.
Alternatively, the chief executive member of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council, Tuliram Ronghang said, “The MLAs from the hill districts want Sarma to be the next chief minister. Alternatively, it’s just our personal choice. BJP’s top leaders will come to a decision on that.”
Earlier, BJP’s central leaders also have shyed away from the questions and said that it doesn’t necessarily name anyone for the post in states where it is already in power. Alternatively, the speculations continued.
The BJP has been maintaining that its parliamentary board would come to a decision on who will have to be the chief minister. Party sources in Delhi said that the decision of choosing the next chief minister of the state may take a couple of more days as the top leadership has been occupied with COVID management.
Prior to the state polls, Sarma had expressed that he wanted to indicate the state in the parliament but the party heads had asked him to wait for it.
What the BJP leadership has to also remember used to be the truth that the elections have in any case been won under Sonowal and they have got to have some rational explanation to replace him. “There’s no reason to replace him (Sonowal) since the government has performed polite under his leadership in the final five years. In addition, what suitable position the party will offer him whether not the chief minister?”
Party sources added that Sonowal has been conferred the title of ‘jatiya nayak’ after he successfully fought a legitimate battle to receive the Unlawful Migrants (Determination by Tribunals) Act scrapped. The law used to be perceived more as a facilitator than an obstacle to infiltration from Bangladesh.