“The BJP leadership knows that the road ahead for the BJP could be tricky in Assam. It will have to deliver results which could be possible only with a proactive chief minister.”
Guwahati: MAY 10, 2021
There were many exceptional incidents during and after the assembly polls in Assam, including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) high command’s inability for almost a week to decide on the Chief Minister. The delay has been attributed to the post-poll violence in West Bengal, which prevented the party leaders from devoting attention to Assam. However, in all probability, the decision had been taken months ahead of the polls, and was probably also conveyed to Himanta Biswa Sarma in categorical terms.
Sarma’s appointment as Chief Minister does not come as a big surprise in Assam. He was already known as the ‘Super CM’ since the time of the previous Congress regimes in the state. Some analysts were of the view that Sarma would not get the top job in the state as he was a Brahmin from lower (western) Assam and his acceptability would be low among many indigenous communities. It is true that no Brahmin had ever been Assam’s Chief Minister. However, in reality, all these factors are no longer relevant in Assam, which is in desperate need of a committed government willing to resolve burning issues.