New Delhi: After incumbent Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and his cabinet minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s day in Delhi for a crucial meeting with BJP president JP Nadda, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP general secretary (Organisation) BL Santhosh and others, speculations are rife over the identity of who will become the state’s new Chief Minister. A final call on the vexed situation is expected today, a week after the election results declared a BJP rerun in Assam. Also Read - '3rd or 4th Front Can't Challenge...': Prashant Kishor Ahead of Gathering at Sharad Pawar's Residence
According to reports, Sarma is ahead in the race. Meanwhile, Sarbananda Sonowal submitted his resignation to Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi on Sunday morning. The BJP legislative party meeting is underway in Assam. Also Read - West Bengal: NHRC Forms 7-Member Panel to Probe Post-Poll Violence
Himanta Biswa Sarma and Sarbananda Sonawal both separately met the BJP top brass at Nadda’s residence in the national capital on Saturday. The two Assam leaders held lengthy discussions with the BJP as to who should lead the state. They were also summoned for face-to-face discussions to avoid any scope of factionalism due to the decision. Also Read - Sharad Pawar to Chair Opposition's Key Meet on Tuesday in Delhi After Chat With Prashant Kishor
“The BJP legislature party meet may take place in Guwahati on Sunday. Answers to all questions will come out of that meeting,” Sarma said following a meeting in Delhi yesterday.
Sarma, who jumped ship from Congress just before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, has waited a long time for the party to make him the Chief Minister again. He has been making dogged attempts to insist on giving him the wheel.
Choosing between the two contenders for the top post in the Assam government will be one of the toughest decisions for the BJP in the recent past. While Sonowal belongs to Assam’s indigenous Sonowal-Kachari tribes, Sarma, the convenor of the North East Democratic Alliance. Losing either of them will be a heavy cost to bear for the saffron party.