1. BJP MLAs to formalise Sarbananda Sonowal’s name as Chief Minister on May 22

BJP MLAs to formalise Sarbananda Sonowal’s name as Chief Minister on May 22

The first meeting of the BJP Legislature Party in Assam will be held on May 22 here to elect the party's chief ministerial candidate Sarbananda Sonowal as its leader.

By: | Guwahati | Updated: May 20, 2016 5:52 PM
Sarbananda Sonowal, BJP wins Assam, Assam assembly elections, BJP wins in Assam, BJP meeting in Assam, Assam CM, new CM in Assam The first meeting of the BJP Legislature Party in Assam will be held on May 22 here to elect the party’s chief ministerial candidate Sarbananda Sonowal as its leader. (PTI)

Newly-elected BJP legislators in Assam will meet here on May 22 to elect Sarbananda Sonowal as the leader of the legislature party formalising the choice as new chief minister of the state.

The new BJP members of the Assam Assembly today informally met under the leadership of 53-year-old Sonowal, who is now Union Minister of Sports, at the party headquarters here, spokesperson Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

Sonowal, who came into politics as a student leader belonging to AASU in the 1980s during the agitation against influx from Bangladesh, had joined BJP five years ago, and was made its chief ministerial candidate in the election.

The BJP and its allies AGP and Bodo People’s Front scored a landslide victory, cornering 87 seats in the 126-member Assembly.

The victorious BJP legislators decided to have the first official meeting of the legislature party on May 22 where Sonowal will be elected as their leader, Sarma said.

BJP’s alliance partners, AGP and BPF, will meet the next day to elect Sonowal as the leader of the alliance, he said.

The new government will be sworn in on May 24 here in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, all the chief ministers of NDA, including those in the northeast, besides senior central BJP ministers, Sarma said.

Sonowal will meet Modi and Shah on the election outcome and government formation, he added.
The BJP won 60 seats on its own, up from 5 last time. The AGP bagged 14 seats while the BPF secured 13 seats. Last time, the AGP had 10 and BPF 12.

The Congress, which had 78 seats in the outgoing Assembly, could bag only 26 this time. The AIUDF, the largest opposition party in the outgoing Assembly, won 13 seats, against 18.

 

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    Balgit
    May 20, 2016 at 12:15 pm
    Sarbananda Sonowal maybe a hero, but I will remember him as the man who could NOT bring BCCI under RTI.
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      Michael Joseph
      May 20, 2016 at 1:37 pm
      Like all other parties these too will start beating the dead horse as they do in the centre, preparing post mortem report of the congress. Whatever you against congress, am is today what it is, it is because of the congress. It may not be the best. But better than many other states. Several voters told me, "Today we are going to vote for a GOOD man." That speaks of the mature amese electorate. They elected a good man. He is of the AGP and he won. There is no much to say about those from the national party. I feel the elected leaders of am are good men. Very few voters showed interest in the parties they belong to. This must be a new trend. The regional parties must rule the states. I feel we do not have any leader with natural goodness for the other, on the national level. We hope Mr.Sonowal will be man of the people. Congratulations to all the elected leaders.
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