The Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and senior BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday met the Union Home Minister and BJP chief JP Nadda at former’s Delhi residence, as the confusion over the state’s new Chief Ministers escalates.
The four leaders had a long discussion over the issue and before which Amit Shah and JP Naddha and he BJP General Secretary BL Santhosh had met personally.
The initial meeting was with Mr Sarma, who is the Health Minister and the BJP’s troubleshooter in the northeast. That was trailed by talks with Mr Sonowal, the incumbent chief minister.
“The BJP Legislative Party meet may take place in Guwahati tomorrow (Sunday). Answers to all questions will come out of that meeting,” said Sarma leaving Mr Nadda’s residence.
The duo of Mr Sonowal and Mr Sarma was on Friday summoned for face-to-face discussion for the chief minister seat.
Selecting either Sarbananda Sonowal or Himanta Sarma will be hard for the party.
Mr Sonowal, who has a place with Assam’s indigenous Sonowal-Kachari tribe, has a decent image and Mr Sarma is a compelling leader, just as the convenor of the North East Democratic Alliance.
The gathering didn’t declare a competitor in front of the March-April elections. The party had said it would settle the issue after the elections was finished. In 2016 they had predicted Mr Sonowal as its leader and won, shaping its administration in the northeast.
For the 2021 polls, nonetheless, the BJP, selected against a chief ministerial contestant yet at the same time recorded an agreeable win; the party won 60 seats in the 126 seats Assembly, while coalition partners AGP won nine and UPPL six.