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.
Noting his ability as a minister, efficiency to run a department by taking along all and his political wisdom, observers say Sarma should have become the Assam CM long back.
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.
The hotchpotch alliance of 10 opposition parties with contrasting ideologies, which also had no chief ministerial face, found few takers eventually.
The Congress did not have much stake in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, where it won in alliance with the DMK.
There have been speculations that Sarma might be promoted as CM. But one reason why the BJP might continue with Sonowal is its defeat in West Bengal. Find out why.
Assam Results HIGHLIGHTS | NDA crosses majority mark; all Himanta says is CM will be from Saffron party
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.
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.
The Election Commission had ordered re-polling in these polling stations following irregularities on April 1, the polling day.
Reports said Congress has plans to shift the candidates to some hotels in Guwahati, Tezpur, and Kaziranga on April 22 and keep them out of bounds from poachers.
The incident was reported from the 107(A) Khotlir Lower Primary School polling booth in the Haflong Assembly segment.
An array of national leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress's Rahul Gandhi campaigned for their respective alliance candidates.
On May 2, four states and one Union Territory will elect their new assemblies. Of these, the final outcome will seriously impact the states that border Bangladesh.
Badruddin Ajmal said AIUDF will support a leader from Congress as the next CM of Assam if the 'Grand Alliance' is voted to power.
Additional District Magistrate Rajeshan Terang has been asked to conduct the enquiry and submit a detailed report within three days.