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Two days after poll results, Assam yet to have a new CM

By The Assam Tribune
Two days after poll results, Assam yet to have a new CM

Guwahati, May 4: Two days after winning a clear mandate for a second consecutive term at Dispur, the BJP-led alliance in Assam is yet to name it's Chief Minister.

The newly-elected MLAs of the BJP are scheduled to meet at Guwahati later today, in the presence of Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, and who shall be the next chief minister is believed to be on top of the agenda.

The other two partners in the alliance, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and the United People's Party Liberal (UPPL), have left it on the BJP to pick the chief minister.

The BJP, which had named outgoing chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal for the top post ahead of polls in 2016, had refrained from naming anyone for the position this time.

Sonowal remains in the running to retain the position a second time, especially if the party central leadership decides to proceed without much changes, at least for the time being.

However, Dr Himanta Biswa Sharma has emerged a very strong contender for the position and has reportedly garnered support from about 50 new legislators for the position.

The party leadership, both at the state and centre, have been tight-lipped on who could be the next Chief Minister.

The BJP has secured 60 seats in the new Assembly, while its allies AGP has won nine and UPPL six seats, totalling 75 in the House of 126 members.

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