‘Naren Sonowal wouldn’t have won without BJP’s support’


Assam Finance, Health and PWD Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma Thursday sharpened his attack on the AGP and more particularly Naharkatia MLA Naren Sonowal, flaying the AGP legislator over his “AGP-Congress Bhai Bhai” comment. Sarma, who is on a marathon campaign trail addressing rallies in support of panchayat candidates of the BJP, took on the AGP MLA in his home constituency Naharkatia and claimed had the BJP not supported him in the assembly polls in 2016, he could not have emerged winner.

Himanta Biswa Sarma further stated that if the AGP and the Congress are brothers as claimed by the Naharkatia legislator during a campaign meeting a few days ago, their father would surely be the Badruddin Ajmal-led AIUDF.

Sarma asked people to repose their faith on BJP candidates in the two-phase panchayat elections that will be held on Dec 5 & 9.

The Assam minister has been severe on the AGP and more particularly MLAs and leaders of the party who have been critical of the BJP and the BJP-led government despite the AGP being an alliance partner.


The Assam Finance, Health and PWD Minister had on Sunday claimed that the AGP has no moral right to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill since it is because of the AGP and the Assam Accord they signed accepting 1971 as the cut-off year that an estimated 50 lakh Bangladeshis nationals were recognized as Indian citizens, a number Sarma now believes has swelled to almost a crore.


Sarma also blamed the then AASU leadership for accepting the same proposal the Indira Gandhi Government made in 1979 regarding the cut-off year six years later, but at the cost of around 900 lives.