BJP declares Sarbananda Sonowal as its CM nominee for Assam election

The BJP parliamentary board, which met on Thursday, the first time after Amit Shah was re-elected the party’s national president for a full three-year term, took the decision to project Sonowal as the party’s face in the state.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: January 29, 2016 8:28 am
Sarbananda Sonowal, BJP, BJP CM nominee, assam election Prime minister Narendra Modi,BJP president Amit Shah,Rajnath Singh and Sushma Swaraj felicitated Union minister Sarbananda Sonowal as CM candidate for upcoming Assam assembly elections after party parliamentary board meeting in new delhi on thursday.Express photo by Anil Sharma.

In a departure from its recently set practice, the BJP Thursday declared Union Minister and Assam BJP chief Sarbananda Sonowal as its chief ministerial candidate for the Assembly elections in Assam, where it has high hopes on its electoral performance among the five poll-bound states this year.

The BJP parliamentary board, which met on Thursday, the first time after Amit Shah was re-elected the party’s national president for a full three-year term, took the decision to project Sonowal as the party’s face in the state. This was a clear departure from its practice of not projecting a chief ministerial candidate ahead of polls.

The party had not declared a chief ministerial candidate when it faced Assembly elections in Bihar, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Haryana or in Jammu and Kashmir, with the exception of Delhi, where it had declared Kiran Bedi as its face. The party had won elections in four states, but faced a humiliating defeat in Bihar and Delhi.

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“The people of Assam know Sonowal as a national hero. The parliamentary board has decided that the party will fight the Assam polls under his leadership,” Union Minister and Parliamentary Board member J P Nadda told reporters after an hour-long meeting of the BJP’s top panel.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was present at the meeting.

The decision, according to sources, was taken after the party realised that “too much exposure” of the Prime Minister in the state elections, in the absence of a face for the state polls, would damage his image. PM Modi led the poll campaign during Bihar and Delhi Assembly elections.

However, Nadda did not clarify whether the BJP would declare chief ministerial candidates for the other poll-bound states, including West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry.

The parliamentary board also felicitated Shah who was elected unopposed for a fresh term as the party chief on January 24.

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First Published on: January 29, 2016 1:09 am
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    Chandrashekhar Deshpande
    Jan 29, 2016 at 1:14 am
    The first priority of Mr. Sarbananda Sonowal is to scrutinize the fake entries in the Voters List. He will have only one enemy not Mr. Gogai but the fake figure of Bogus voter called Bangala Deshi so he and his team should ensure the cleanup the voters list on priority then and then he can ensure his victory otherwise Congress and the Muslim party is sure about victory.
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      sonu
      Jan 29, 2016 at 5:43 am
      go go gogoi
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        sonu
        Jan 29, 2016 at 5:42 am
        narendra modi is the only hindu ruler after hemu vikramaditya. he is bringing back self respect among hindus. hindus should support him at least for 15 yrs. after him new hindu ruler fadanvis will take over. if hindus support any other party so called sick ul ars we will lose a great culture great civilization called hindu civilization. Christians n mullaahs will make hindus their slaves. Hinduism will be under threat without rss n modi
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          sonu
          Jan 29, 2016 at 5:37 am
          now sonowal should take corrupt congressi chamcha go go i headon. he should expose go go is corrupt anti national anti hindu activities. sonowal should lead rallies contact ppl. i m sure hindu raj will be back. sonowals rss background will also help
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            babu
            Jan 29, 2016 at 4:20 am
            In bihar they tried cow in asam they are trying wal kegerwal soowwal but brtish's T U L L A rss feature looks bad
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              surjitsinghPagal
              Jan 29, 2016 at 4:48 am
              Kejri should immediately leave for am and hold jan sabhas there Yogendra Yadav should be recalled to AAP and made CM Sisodia should return to journalism as he is failure in adminsitration
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                surjitsinghPagal
                Jan 29, 2016 at 4:46 am
                good move......its time to defeat Gogoi congress...look how badly Gogio's US educated son speaks in lok sabha..........these unruly people should be shown the door.... Kejri should focus on NE states now and try to become CM of am
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                  naidu kare
                  Jan 29, 2016 at 3:21 am
                  is it the end of feku era??
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