NEW DELHI, May 26 - Putting all speculations at rest, the BJP on Sunday decided to give one Rajya Sabha seat to Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and keep one for itself. Birendra Prasad Baishya has been nominated by AGP for the second Rajya Sabha seat.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal accompanied by Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday met BJP national president, Amit Shah to finalise nominations for the Rajya Sabha seats that have fallen vacant in Assam.
�We held a meeting with BJP national president, Amit Shah here this morning in connection with the Rajya Sabha seats. It is most likely that we will leave one seat for Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and in the other seat BJP will contest,� Himanta Biswa Sarma told newsmen.
There is no possibility of nominating anyone from outside the State. Only someone from Assam would be considered for Rajya Sabha, he added, replying to a question on nominating LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan.
�We will be making a formal announcement this evening or tomorrow morning. Anyone who is actively involved in affairs of the State will be nominated,� he said.
Later, AGP president, Atul Bora told newsmen that in keeping with the understanding between his Party and BJP, one seat was to be given to the regional party. �Tuesday is the last date for filing nomination,� he added,
AGP had constituted a committee to select a candidate, which comprises AGP MLAs and four general secretaries. The committee today held its meeting in Guwahati and has unanimously decided to nominate Biren Baishya.
Meanwhile, BJP has witnessed hectic lobbying for the single seat. Some known heavyweights like Rajen Gohain, Ramen Deka, Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, Bijoya Chakravarty besides senior party workers are in the fray.