Leaving speculators still hanging, Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday said they too are waiting on the BJP high command’s decision on who would be the party’s Chief Minister candidate.
“The party high command will decide on who would be CM candidate for the party in this elections. We should all be patient and wait till they announce that formally,” Sarma, interacting with media at Guwahati, said on Monday.
A debate had off late gained momentum on who would be the next Chief Minister if BJP is voted to power, especially after Sarma, considered most popular political leader from Assam and BJP’s poll strategist in northeast India, despite showing unwillingness to contest this election, has also been allotted candidature to contest from his bastion Jalukbari in Guwahati of Kamrup Metro District.
The oppositions had been upon the BJP’s throats asking about the roles of Sarma whom they touted to be “Second Chief Minister of Assam”.
Sarma, who holds health, finance, and public works among major portfolios in the state, had extensively campaigned for the party in various parts of the state and has also earned major brownie points for the incumbent government through his ways of tackling the COVID-19 pandemic and by introducing schemes like Arunoday and distribution of Scootys to meritorious girl students.
On the BJP’s poll strategy this election, the first phase of which will be held on March 27, Sarma said, “We want to win elections on Suraksha (security), sabhyata (civilisation) and vikas (development)”
“Assamese culture is on a threat. Security from inside and outside the border needs to be ensured. Our civilization is under threat and we are very much committed towards development,” Sarma added.
When asked about the impacts of the Citizenship Amendment Act on BJP’s poll expectancy, Sarma said, ” CAA has already been passed and no one is talking about it since the COVID-19 pandemic. People’s focus has shifted from CAA.”
Sarma believes the BJP alliance will clinch its target of winning 100 seats in the 126 membered Assam Assembly.