Assam: Sonowal or Himanta? Besides Covid-19, BJP faces another big challenge

Five assemblies went to the polls in March-April. All however one — Assam — know who their chief ministers are. In Assam, the BJP faces a dilemma: Should it ‘punish’ Sarbananda Sonowal or reward Himanta Biswa Sarma?

This dilemma is a political challenge for the BJP when Assam sees a pointy improve in Covid-19 circumstances. Infections in Assam rose dramatically after the tip of the meeting polls.

On April 6, when the final vote was forged, Assam recorded 92 Covid-19 circumstances. Daily Covid-19 circumstances crossed 100-figure on April 7, breached 1,000-mark on April 19, 2,000-mark on April 23, 3,000-figure on April 26 and 4,000-barrier on May 3, a day after the BJP-led alliance received the meeting polls.

Three chief ministers have taken oath — MK Stalin in Tamil Nadu, Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal and N Rangasamy in Puducherry. Pinarayi Vijayan will take oath on May 8. Assam doesn’t have a date or candidate determined as of now.

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For the previous 4 days, Assam has reported greater than 4,000 circumstances and hit the highest death toll over the previous one week, touching the height on May 5 at 55.

Sarbananda Sonowal and Himanta Biswa Sarma mentioned the Covid-19 scenario at a gathering on Friday morning. But the absence of readability about who will head the government could hamper the efforts to comprise the Covid-19 unfold in Assam.


Peeved over the indifference of high Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, Himanta Biswa Sarma switched sides to the BJP in 2015. He supplied a significant impetus to the BJP within the 2016 Assam Assembly polls. The BJP-led alliance fashioned the federal government.

Himanta Biswa Sarma was ignored as he was thought of new within the BJP and anticipated to show his utility, which he quickly did in Arunachal Pradesh. A full majority authorities of the Congress fell. Except then Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, all MLAs resigned from the Congress, fashioned a splinter group earlier than becoming a member of the BJP. It was a medical political operation.

Next in line was Manipur, the place the Congress was stopped from forming the federal government regardless of rising as the most important get together.

In Tripura, the BJP ended the Left rule and Himanta Biswa Sarma performed a large half within the election technique. He was instrumental in forming NEDA, the Northeastern model of the NDA.

Now, Himanta Biswa Sarma has ‘delivered’ Assam for the second time when many suspected an enormous anti-incumbency towards Sarbananda Sonowal.

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Sarbananda Sonowal’s dealing with of the anti-CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) and anti-NRC (National Register of Citizens) protests was questioned. This impression gained a lot foreign money because the BJP broke from the previous to not announce a chief ministerial candidate in a state searching for consecutive phrases.


This is the dilemma for the BJP. Sarbananda Sonowal proved all hypothesis about him going through very robust anti-incumbency by the state completely unsuitable. The BJP didn’t undergo a lack of seat and received precisely 60 seats, identical as in 2016 with an improved vote share.

Secondly, Sonowal’s previous robust affiliation with the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) is claimed to have neutralised the electoral menace that the BJP confronted from events rising from the youth our bodies. The youth our bodies have been lively throughout anti-CAA and anti-NRC protests in Assam.

While Himanta Biswa Sarma is held as a well-liked chief who has bolstered his picture with adept dealing with of the Covid-19 scenario in Assam — regardless of his ‘no need to wear a mask’ assertion, Sarbananda Sonowal is taken into account as somebody who has deeper reference to Assamese id sentiment.

As an Asom Gan Parishad (AGP) MP, Sarbananda Sonowal was hailed as “jatiya nayak” or the nationwide hero of the Assamese folks for getting the Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunals) Act or the IMDT Act scrapped by the Supreme Court in 2006.

With the BJP winning the Assam election after five years of Sarbananda Sonowal’s authorities, he can actually declare to retain that “jatiya nayak” picture, and likewise the chief ministerial submit.

The remaining choice on who would be the Assam chief minister lies with the central management however ignoring Sarbananda Sonowal will not be straightforward for the BJP despite the fact that Himanta Biswa Sarma could also be a ‘deserving’ candidate.

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