GUWAHATI, Nov 25 - Sarbananda Sonowal, who has been entrusted with the responsibility of leading the State BJP for the second time, urged the people of the State and party workers to work together and foster unity and amity amongst all communities.
Sonowal, who has assumed charge as president of the State BJP today, said that the need of the hour is to unite the people of Barak and Brahmaputra valleys and hills and plains so that a new dawn is ushered in the State.
Party workers extended a warm felicitation to Sonowal at a function held at the Hengerabari head office of the BJP here. Senior leaders present on the occasion included observer of Assam Dr Mahendra Singh, MPs Ramen Deka, Bijoya Chakraborty, former Congress minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, among others. They expressed faith in the leadership of Sonowal and said that Assam is soon going to become a Congress-free State.
Addressing the gathering at the function, Sonowal said that his strategy would be to unite all to work for a developed Assam. �We have to approach the citizens of Assam and listen to their grievances and expectations. We have to resist the divisive forces that have been fomenting trouble in our State, and create an ambience wherein all communities and faiths can live in peace,� said.
Sonowal urged the party workers to work hard so as to script success in the Assembly election in 2016.
Former president of State BJP Siddhartha Bhattacharya said that the party under the leadership of Sonowal has a mammoth task ahead � to fight the 2016 Assembly election. He said a well-planned strategy has to be in place to challenge its oppositions. He also said that BJP must give a befitting reply to the forces that are joining hands against it, even going to the extent of tarnishing its image.
Bijoya Chakraborty also cautioned the party members to be careful of the rumour mongers, which are working for damaging the morale of the party workers.
Speaking on the occasion, Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the BJP will take control of Dispur not for power, but to protect the interests of the people of Assam. Given the alarming demographic change, it has now become imperative to take special measures to protect the identity of the indigenous people of the State, he said.
�If we sit idle now, the identity of the indigenous people will be lost,� warned Sarma, adding that all must come together to protect the State.
Senior leaders, including Ramen Deka, in their address exuded confidence that the BJP will form the government in 2016.