Himanta Biswa Sarma will succeed Sarbananda Sonowal as the Chief Minister of Assam. At the legislature party meeting held in Guwahati today, Mr Sonowal had proposed the name of Mr Sarma after Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave his approval for Mr Sarma’s elevation, and it was seconded by the MLAs.
The BJP won a second straight term in the recently concluded assembly polls in the state. The party won 60 seats in the 126-member Assam assembly while its alliance partners AGP got nine seats and UPPL six seats.
In the 2016 Assembly polls, the BJP had projected Mr Sonowal as its chief ministerial candidate and won, forming its first government in the northeast. This time, the party had maintained that it would decide who would be the next chief minister after the elections.
Mr Sarma, who switched to the BJP from the Congress six years ago, is credited as the architect who brought the northeast states within the party’s grasp. He also handled the health portfolio in the Sarbananda Sonowal government.