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Himanta Biswa Sarma Picked Over Sarbananda Sonowal by BJP as Assam’s Next Chief Minister

Assam gets its new Chief Minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma…learn more

Monday, 10th May 2021

Himanta Biswa Sarma has been picked as Assam’s next chief minister by the Bharatiya Janata Party and will be sworn in on Monday at 12 noon. Mentioning his predecessor Sarbananda Sonowal, Sarma said he “will continue to remain a 'marg-darshak' (guide).”

The unanimously elected leader of both the BJP Legislature Party and the NDA Legislature Party, Sarma also expressed his gratitude for Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “prioritising North East since 2014, ushering in development in the region, facilitating connectivity through rail, road, air, information and technology,” Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP president J P Nadda, Sonowal and all other party leaders for the opportunity that has been given to him to serve the people of Assam.

Sarma has been instrumental in the BJP’s two consecutive victories in the state and might be the choice of the party to lead in Assam so that their position in the region could be further consolidated ahead of the 2024 elections.

With the support of the support of a majority of BJP legislators and its allies, Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and the tribal outfit, United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL), Sarma has been a strong contender for the post of chief minister in Assam.

As a senior minister, Sarma has exhibited an impressive performance in the last five years be it in the handling of the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic in the state or come up with result-oriented strategies, which has made him an indispensable figure in the area for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah.

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In his gushing exaltation about Sonowal, Sarma said, “He practised politics of values. Sonowal is a leader with a foresight, someone who had the vision of uniting the people of 'Barak-Brahmaputra-plains-hills' while ensuring no section of the society was left behind. He was our leader and will remain so as our 'marg-darshak'.”

Mentioning his own terms with the former chief minister, Sarma added, “He had immense faith in me and gave me important portfolios. He inspired me to serve the people well. I promise to follow the path that he has shown us in the last five years.”

The News Talkie Bureau



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