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    Who is Assam’s next CM? ‘Let the countdown begin’

    Both top Assam leaders left for New Delhi from Guwahati in the same chartered flight at 8:00 am

    Guwahati: In a major political development, the Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma along with other BJP delegates reached BJP Chief JP Nadda’s residence on Saturday morning, to discuss about the leadership issue of the next government, five days after the saffron party-led alliance emerged victorious in the assembly elections in the state.

    Both top Assam leaders left for New Delhi from Guwahati in the same chartered flight at 8:00 am.

    Along with Nadda, Sonowal and Sarma will also meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP general B L Santhosh and others.

    However, it is immediately not known whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be present in the meeting.

    The BJP is also yet to hold a meeting of its parliamentary board, which normally decides key issues like who will be the chief minister of a state. The BJP had not announced a chief ministerial candidate before the March-April polls in Assam.

    A section of BJP leaders has already backed Himanta Biswa Sarma as their first choice as the next chief minister of the state.

    Meanwhile, ducking the questions of whether he will continue or not, chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday said that he was more concerned about the Covid situation in the state than anything else.

    In the 2016 elections, the BJP had projected Sonowal as its chief minister and won the election, forming the first saffron party government in the Northeast. The BJP has been maintaining that it would decide who would be the chief minister of Assam after the elections.

    In the results announced for the 126-member Assam assembly last Sunday, the BJP won 60 seats and its alliance partners AGP 9 and UPPL six seats.


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