Who will be the next Assam CM? What Amit Shah said


GUWAHATI: When asked if the Bharatiya Janata Party again gets a majority and forms a government in Assam who would be the chief minister, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that the parliamentary board would decide on that.

Talking to Navika Kumar of Times Now, Amit Shah stated that the BJP will form the government with full majority.

Interview Excerpts:

Navika: In Assam, for the past five years Sarbananda Sonowal is your chief minister. But this time BJP did not project him as the CM?

Shah: What is there to project? He is already the chief minister of Assam.

Navika: But if you win Assam will he remain the chief minister?

Shah: Like always, it will be the parliamentary board and MLAs who will decide.

Navika: In Madhya Pradesh you had projected Shivraj Singh Chauhan as the CM.

Shah: Every time it is the parliamentary board that decides. Shivraj ji’s name was also decided by the board.

Navika: But you have projected him as the CM

Shah: He (Sonowal) also has contested as a chief minister.

Navika: What about Himanta Biswa Sarma?

Shah: Himanta Biswa Sarma also contested the elections. He is also one of our main leaders. In Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal and Himanta Biswa Sarma’s joint leadership has brought a remarkable change. Over 2000 terrorists have laid down their arms, there has been no big terrorism related incident or big movements in the past five years in Assam. The state has been freed of terrorism and these movements that have been tormenting the state. Assam is moving on the path of development. And wait for the mandate. BJP will form the government with full majority in Assam.

Navika: But the kind of feeling that prevailed in the first phase did not continue later. And this time the election result will be closer than you expect say BJP workers.

Shah: I am not aware which BJP workers you have met. But I can surely say that the BJP will get a full majority in Assam and form the government.

Navika: And Himanta Biswa Sarma would be the chief minister?

Shah: The chief minister will be later decided by the parliamentary board.

Navika: You have given five years to Sarbananda Sonowal and Himanta has done a lot of good work in Northeast

Shah: I said that the team of Sarbananda Sonowal and Himanta Biswa Sarma have done a very good job and both have contributed greatly to this.