NEW DELHI, May 25 - BJP national president Amit Shah today asserted that the victory of the BJP in Assam was on the basis of positive votes and that the party has so far not taken any decision to appoint a new State president.
Interacting with newsmen on the eve of celebrations to mark completion of two years of BJP rule at the Centre, Shah said that though it wrested seats from Congress, it rode to victory on the strength positive votes.
Asked about the possibility of shifting State Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to Delhi, the BJP national president said that he has been appointed as a State Minister and he will work there. �Let him work there,� he said.
About formation of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), Shah said it was his wish that BJP is in power in all the seven northeastern States. �We have formed NEDA only yesterday,� he said.
The NEDA, formed on the lines of the North East Congress Coordination Committee, has sent the Congress in a tizzy because of the apprehension that the BJP may target the Congress-ruled States, like Manipur, Meghalaya and Mizoram.
Replying to questions as to why a limited number of MLAs were inducted yesterday, Shah said that the decision to go for a phased expansion of ministry was taken by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and he did not wish to comment.
As reported, the Central leadership of the party advised Sonowal to start with a small council of ministry and go for an expansion at a later stage. The inexperience of the BJP MLAs in running the administration was cited as one of the reasons behind the move.