Ahead of assembly polls, Sarbananda Sonowal appointed as Assam BJP chief

Former state BJP chief Siddhartha Bhattacharyya meanwhile has been appointed national spokesman in charge of the Northeastern region.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Updated: November 22, 2015 1:55 am
Sarbananda Sonowal, Sarbananda Sonowal BJP, Sonowal bjp, Sonowal bjp chief, Sonowal assam, Sonowal bjp assam, india news, assam news, bjp assam, latest news Guwahati : Minister of State for Sports and Youth Welfare, Sarbananda Sonowal being felicitated by senior BJP leaders after being selected as BJP State President during a party meeting, in Guwahati on Saturday. (Source: PTI)

Five months to the Assam assembly election, the BJP on Saturday appointed Sarbananda Sonowal, union minister of state for sports and youth welfare, as the new state BJP president. Also named chairman of the state election committee, Sonowal is also likely to be projected as the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate for Assam.

“It is a huge responsibility, and I believe in taking all sections of people with me,” Sonowal said. Sonowal’s appointment as state BJP chief is significant because it was under his presidentship that the saffron party had won seven of the state’s 14 Lok Sabha seats, at the same time also restricting the ruling Congress to an all-time low of just three seats. Sonowal had earlier given up the state president’s post on being made a union minister last year.

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“Sonowal is a very dynamic leader under whom we had won seven Lok Sabha seats in 2014. With Sonowal at the helm of affairs once again, the BJP is sure of sweeping the ensuing state assembly election,” Guwahati MP Bijoya Chakravarty said.

Former state BJP chief Siddhartha Bhattacharyya meanwhile has been appointed national spokesman in charge of the Northeastern region. “I congratulate Sonowal and look forward to winning the assembly election in a big way under his leadership,” Bhattacharyya said.

The BJP meanwhile is launching its election campaign in Assam next Friday with national president Amit Shah attending a huge rally in Dibrugarh. The party had immediately after the 2014 Lok Sabha election announced its “Mission 84” for Assam, setting a target of winning at least 84 of the 126 assembly seats that is required for a two-thirds majority.

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    Alak chanda
    Nov 21, 2015 at 11:02 pm
    Congratulations. Hope you will bring and unite all others community together, please arrange door to door camping service ASAP, distribute MLA tickets without any scandal and who is deserve for it. I request you to evaluate all gr roots level leaders. Please keep eye on your own party leaders that all are function under your leadership. Another big job is to control leader's mouth , not to make any comments which damages the party image.
    1. V
      Nov 21, 2015 at 7:12 pm
      Best of luck. We can expect an unnatural alliance of Congress with just one agenda, defeat BJP.