New Delhi: Eventually the suspense ended in the name of the new Chief Minister of Assam. On May 9, Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar in the BJP government announced Himanta Biswa Sarma as the next Chief Minister of Assam. The names of Sarma and Sarbananda Sonowal, considered ‘top strategists’, had to be hard-fought. Sonowal served as the Chief Minister in the first term of the party. Earlier, BJP’s state legislature party supported Sarma as the next CM.
Sarma was the main contender
A day earlier, the two leaders held several meetings with top BJP leaders, including Union Home Minister Amit Shah and the party’s national president Nadda. Sarma, 52, who is seen as the architect of two consecutive BJP victories in Assam, was a strong contender for the post of the chief minister.
Won 75 seats
The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has secured 75 seats, while the Congress-led Grand Alliance has won 50 seats in the 126-member Assam Legislative Assembly election. In 2016, the NDA won 86 seats, while the Congress and the All India United Democratic Front won 24 and 14 seats respectively.
Resigned from Congress
Before this, Himanta Biswa Sarma was the tallest leader of the Congress. Sarma refused to make him the Chief Minister despite party leader Rahul Gandhi claiming support for 52 MLAs in July 2014. After which Sarma quit his ministerial post and after a year, Sarma joined BJP after getting angry with the party high command.
Sarbananda Sonowal resigns
Earlier, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal submitted his resignation to Governor Jagdish Mukhi at Raj Bhavan. Officials said the governor had asked Sonowal to continue in office until a new chief minister was appointed. Sonowal, who was re-elected from the Majuli constituency in the recently concluded assembly elections, assumed charge as the 14th Chief Minister of the northeastern state on May 24, 2016.