NEW DELHI: Union Minister and BJP leader Narendra Singh Tomar on Sunday (May 9, 2021) announced Himanta Biswa Sarma as the leader of the BJP legislative party in Assam, which makes him the next Chief Minister of Assam.
Incumbent Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had handed in his resignation to Governor Jagdish Mukhi earlier on Sunday. Both Sonwal and Sarma were in Delhi since Saturday for the meeting with top BJP leadership, including Home Minister Amit Shah and party president JP Nadda.
The party’s central leadership had summoned them to New Delhi on Saturday for discussions on the formation of the next government in the state.
The BJP had not announced the name of the Chief Minister before the polls and speculations were rife for the last week on who would be the next Chief Minister of the state.
Sonowal was projected as the Chief Ministerial candidate during the 2016 polls which the BJP had successfully won, making him the first BJP chief minister in the North East.
The ruling BJP alliance is the first non-Congress government in the state to win an election for the second consecutive term. Of the 126 assembly seats in Assam, the ruling alliance has secured 75 seats with BJP winning 60 while its alliance partners AGP got nine seats and UPPL six