Himanta Biswa Sarma has been made the Chief Minister of Assam, replacing Sarbananda Sonowal. Even a month after Himanta was sworn in as the Chief Minister, till now the former Chief Minister Sarbananda remains the only MLA. Sarbananda, who was Chief Minister from 2016 to 2021, has not been given any post.
There is talk that Sonowal will get a place in the Union Council of Ministers after being denied a second term as Chief Minister. However, no further action has been taken on this as of now.
The post of state president is vacant but…
A senior BJP leader said on condition of anonymity that ‘Sonowal is likely to go to the Union Cabinet. However, the post of state party president is vacant due to the appointment of Ranjit Kumar Das as a minister in the new government. But it is being said that Sonowal is unlikely to hold the post.
Himanta had said that new responsibility will be given to Sarbananda
Last week, Himanta Biswa Sarma, while talking to media persons in New Delhi, had said, “Sonowal will be given a new responsibility and the central leadership will decide on that.” The former chief minister will be given a new responsibility keeping in mind his past experience at the Center and in the state. Although I am not aware of the new role.
The BJP leader said, “When we last met Naddaji (BJP national president), he had said that Himanta would be the chief minister for five years and Sonowal would be given a new responsibility.
Sarbananda’s official residence getting ready
Another BJP leader said, “Sonowal’s residence in the ministers’ colony is being prepared. Sonowal is currently staying at the Government Guest House, which was the chief minister’s official residence for the last five years. The fact that his house is being prepared means that he will remain in state politics. The party leadership is well aware that Sonowal has played an important role in bringing back the BJP government in the state.
visited his area with ministers
Since May 10, when the new Assam government led by CM Sarma was sworn in, Sonowal has kept himself busy with public life. He along with Water Resources Minister Piyush Hazarika, Power Minister Bimal Bora and Lakhimpur MP Prasad Barua visited his constituency Majuli especially the erosion affected areas and took stock of the relief work, damages and progress. The team inspected sites at Misamara, Salmara, Samoguri and Bhakta Chapori in River Island district and ordered the authorities to make up for the damage done here at the earliest.