GUWAHATI: Announcement on Assam CM today: Himanta ahead in Assam CM race, BJP may recall Sonowal to Delhi
After seven days since the Assam Assembly polls results were out last Sunday, the state is all set to get its next chief minister on May 9 at noon. Clouds on the much-awaited declaration that who is going to lead the next state government was about to get clear as the BJP legislature party meeting scheduled at 12 noon is going to decide on it.
Sources said that health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma is all set to be the next chief minister of the state. According to sources in the party, Sarma’s name will be proposed by incumbent chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal in the meeting of the newly-elected MLAs on Sunday afternoon.
The meeting though was scheduled to begin at 11 am; it once again got delayed by an hour. Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar and party general secretary Arun Singh will be present as central observers. Baijayant Panda, BJP’s Assam in charge will also be present on the occasion.
Ajanta Neog, BJP MLA from Golaghat said, “It’s just a matter of few more minutes. People of Assam will get its new government and all the confusions will be over.”
On Saturday, Sarma and Sonowal, both contenders for the top post, were summoned to New Delhi to meet the BJP central leadership. Sarma visited Nadda’s residence, where he also met Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP general secretary (Organisation) B L Santhosh.
A series of meetings, lasting for more than four hours, was held with Nadda and Shah with the duo, following which Sarma said that the BJP’s legislature party is likely to meet on Sunday,
Party sources said the name of the chief minister was expected to be proposed by either of the two contenders with the party president likely to second it.
Following the crucial meet, the state NDA, including AGP and UPPL, will sit for another round of meeting at around 1 pm to ratify the leader of the legislative party. Later in the day, the BJP unit of Assam will meet Governor Jagdish Mukhi to stake a claim to form the government.
In the House of the 126-member Assam Assembly, the BJP bagged 60 seats while its alliance partners AGP got nine seats and UPPL six.
The ruling BJP alliance is the first non-Congress government in the state to win the elections for the second consecutive term.
Sources said the swearing-in ceremony of the new chief minister is likely to take place on Monday. BJP national president J P Nadda will be present at the oath-taking event.
Sonowal, sports minister at the Centre before moving to Assam, likely to be brought to the Centre, should Sarma nose ahead in the final lap on Sunday, sources said.