In Assam, BJP tasked with putting stability

New Delhi, May 3

Assam may have given the BJP a lot to cheer, but it is still facing a tricky challenge to strike the right balance of power between its two Assam strongmen — Sarbananda Sonowal and Himanta Biswa Sarma.

While incumbent CM Sonowal is credited with helping the BJP retain Assam on account of his work, popularity and clean image, Sarma is seen as someone who helped the party gain strength ever since he joined in 2014. Speculation is rife over Sarma being shifted to the Centre and Sonowal being anointed the CM, or vice-versa.

Observers say much can be deciphered from the party’s hesitancy in naming its Chief Minister’s face in the run-up to 2021 Assembly polls. —TNS

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