Change of Guards in Assam? What’s BJP is planning for 2024 General Elections

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The official response came at a time when talks of removing the incumbent president of the party’s state unit, Bhabesh Kalita, were making rounds.
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Guwahati: There has been confusion in the state’s BJP camp for last few weeks. The saffron party that has emerged as the most powerful political party after ending 15 year long Congress rule in the state seemed in a fix for last couple days with talks of a change of guard of the party’s state unit spreading like wildfire.

However, ending all speculations, BJP’s Assam unit on Tuesday defied the reports. The official response came at a time when talks of removing the incumbent president of the party’s state unit, Bhabesh Kalita, were making rounds.

Kalita, who joined the BJP in 1991, was the secretary of the state BJP in 2006 and general secretary from 2011. He was minister of state (independent charge) for irrigation as well as minister of state for education in Sarbananda Sonowal ministry from 2016 to 2021. He was elected as BJP Assam President on 26 June 2021.

However, the veteran leader entangled in a controversy recently when a woman alleged him of taking bribe for job while he was the minister of state (independent charge) for irrigation. As Kalita termed it a conspiracy against him, unconfirmed reports started to emerge that he would be soon replaced.

On Tuesday, BJP Assam spokesperson and MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa said, “The speculations that Kalita would be replaced are false and the party has aimed to prepare itself extensively under Kalita’s leadership for the next general elections in 2024.”

Even the Opposition party of Congress joined the bandwagon against Kalita and took out extensive protests against him at his home constituency Rangia demanding his arrest.

He added that there was no intention for changing the guard for the party now. Tasa said that the saffron camp has been working tirelessly to build its base and network across all sections of the people.

“It’s because of the efforts and hard work of around 45 lakh BJP member under Kalita that the party has managed to set up 28,000 booth committees in the state. In fact, BJP’s national president JP Nadda and union home minister Amit Shah are going to participate in a party function to be held under Kalita’s leadership on October 8 next. The function is expected to be attended by over 40,000 party workers,” Tasa asserted.

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