Assam ex-minister meets Amit Shah, to join BJP

Guwahati/New Delhi, Aug 23 (IANS) In what might affect the ruling Congress in Assam ahead of next year’s assembly polls, former state health and education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday met BJP president Amit Shah in New Delhi, and said he would be joining the party soon.

“I along with Assam BJP president Siddhartha Bhattacharya met BJP national president Amit Shah. We discussed a host of issues including the present political situation, floods etc. (in Assam),” Sarma told media persons outside Shah’s residence in New Delhi on Sunday evening.

“I expressed my willingness to work under the strong leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and national president Amit Shah and they have accepted it.”

He also posted a note on his Facebook account: “Following massive calls over the past months from people across Assam hailing from all communities, will be formally joining the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) for A Resurgent Assam and Northeast under the vibrant leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji.

“Urging all of you here to join hands for a Resurgent Assam and Northeast,” Sarma posted.

Sarma, who has been representing the Jalukbari assembly constituency since 2001, was an important leader of the Congress in the state and played a vital role in bringing the party to power in Assam in the last three consecutive elections.

Sarma had since 2011 been expressing dissent and demanding a change in the state leadership. He resigned from the Tarun Gogoi cabinet in 2014.

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