Sonowal to be a guide, grateful to PM for support: Himanta Biswa Sarma after being chosen Assam CM-elect
The CM-elect thanked Modi for visiting the state's "nooks and corners" during elections to hold campaigns not just for the BJP candidates but also nominees of its alliance partners.
Both Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Health Minister Himanta Sarma were on Friday called to New Delhi by the BJP central leadership.
Apart from other reasons, social media is believed to have played a major role in the spectacular performance of the United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) in the Assam elections.
The party contested 20 seats and won 16. The seats were in Bengali-Muslim majority regions of Central and Lower Assam and the Barak Valley of Southern Assam where the party holds sway.
The six winners included three from the BJP, two from the Congress and one from the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP)
Both PM Modi and Union Minister Amit Shah had patted Sonowal and his virtual deputy Himanta Biswa Sarma for the various development initiatives of the state’s BJP-led coalition government.
The founder of the newly floated Raijor Dal -- arrested in December 2019 over sedition charges -- bagged 57,219 votes as an Independent, garnering support from 46.06 per cent of the electorate.
By indulging in competitive populism, the BJP-led government had targeted all communities with various welfare schemes.
During the campaign, Himanta Biswa Sarma took repeated digs at Congress for its alliance with AIUDF. Sarma won from Jalukbari, a seat he has won four times earlier.
BJP candidates are leading in 54 seats, while those of its ally AGP in 10 and UPPL in seven.
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BJP will form the government and the Chief Minister will also be from BJP, to continue development in the State, said Assam Minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma.
A three-tier security apparatus has also been arranged at the 331 counting halls across the state that voted in three phases on March 27, April 1 and April 6.
The exit polls have given an edge to the BJP-led ruling coalition which has the regional Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) as components.
Assam Congress chief Ripun Bora claimed that the lack of safety of a strong room and EVMS were noticed in several assembly constituencies in Lakhimpur, Dibrugarh and Goalpara districts.
The testing of all engaged in the counting process is mandatory and will be done in pre-identified and notified testing centres.