Guwahati, May 23, 2019
With a massive saffron surge sweeping through most parts of India, North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) convenor and Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the people have once again chosen Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lead the country.
“People of India have once again given Modi ji a chance to lead the country, they love him. I would like to thank the people of India, especially people of North-East for supporting Modi ji. I want to assure people that Modi ji will take us forward,” said Sarma, as quoted by ANI.
Sarma was expected to contest from Tezpur. However, in a series of tweets on March 21st, 2019, BJP president Amit Shah said that Sarma will not be given a ticket to contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections for the best interests of the party and the state of Assam.
Sarma has also accepted the decision. In a series of tweets, Sarma said that the party “entrusting him with responsibilities is an achievement of a simple karyakarta like him”. His close aide and Assam Tea Tribes Welfare Minister Pallab Lochan Das was given ticket from the Tezpur seat.
It may be mentioned that counting is underway to India’s seven-phase Lok Sabha elections, spanning two-and-half months and 542 seats. The BJP-led NDA is set to retain power at the Centre, as per the latest trends. The NDA had won 336 seats in 2014 general elections, in which BJP had garnered 282 seats.
Sarma on March 23rd, 2019 said the BJP and its allies will win “minimum” 10 seats in Assam and between 19 and 20 seats out of the Northeast’s 25 Lok Sabha seats.