Assam Chief Minister Sarvanand Sonowal with Himanta Biswa Sharma (File photo)
Guwahati: Assam is being forced to wait for a wave of post-poll violence in neighboring Bengal before the BJP announces who will be its next chief minister.
Union Agriculture Minister Narendrasinh Tomar, who was tasked with getting feedback from claimants as an observer of the parliamentary board, was scheduled to arrive in the state on Tuesday, but postponed his visit at the last minute.
Minister Himanta Biswa SarmaSeen as a potential CM-in-waiting, he said the entire process of forming the government was delayed by the “unexpected situation” in Bengal. “Our national president JP Nadda is currently in Bengal to take part in the situation. He will sit on the parliamentary board when he returns to New Delhi.”
Sarma clarified that any such delay does not mean that the formation of the government has been left “hanging”, as the election results were only announced on Monday.
State BJP president Ranjit Kumar Das said the parliamentary board could meet late on Tuesday evening when the observer would arrive on Wednesday to proceed with the process.
The party denied having any controversy over the choice of the chief minister. “It is a matter of compromise that one of the two leaders (present) Sarvanand Sonowal And Sarma) will become the Chief Minister, he said.
If Sonowal is retained, he will become the first non-Congress CM for two consecutive terms. In the event of Sarma making a cut, he will be the third former Aasu leader to get the CM post and will be selected for the post after another party moves ahead of Sonowal.