New Delhi, Jan 28: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) sent shockwaves in the political circle on Thursday, by unexpectedly revealing its chief ministerial candidate for the upcoming Assam Assembly elections. The saffron party has announced Union Minister for Sports, Sarbananda Sonowal as their face and CM candidate in in the north-eastern state. The decision was taken following a high-level Parliamentary Board Meeting of the BJP, which was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah.

“In the Parliamentary board meeting, upcoming elections of different states was discussed. Parliamentary committee has decided that Assam assembly elections will be contested in the leadership of Sarbananda Sonowal,” said Cabinet Minister J P Nadda, while addressing the press following the meet. (ALSO READ: Assam Assembly Elections 2016: BJP joins hand with Bodoland People’s Front)

Sarbananda Sonowal showed a confident approach, claiming that BJP will triumph with a clear majority in Assam. “I believe people of Assam will elect us to power in upcoming Assam assembly elections. Want to thank PM Modi and Amit Shah ji, I am grateful to them,” he said. Sonowal is also heading the state unit of BJP in Assam.

The announcement of Sonowal marks a shift in the strategy  of the BJP leadership which decided to contest the Bihar Assembly elections without the a pre-announced Chief Ministerial candidate. Internal sources reveal that the party is not much banking upon the euphoria surrounding the Prime Minister as it declined to a great extent.