December 8, 2022

Sarbananda Sonowal served as Assam Chief Minister from 2016 to 2021. (File)


Amid hypothesis that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is about to increase his cupboard, phrase is doing the rounds that former Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal might get a ministerial berth in Delhi.

Mr Sonowal went to the nationwide capital Friday. A BJP insider mentioned he might be holding conferences with the highest leaders within the social gathering’s excessive command throughout his go to.

Mr Sonowal had served as a Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs from 2014 to 2016 throughout the first time period of the Narendra Modi authorities. He took over as Chief Minister of Assam after the BJP’s Assembly ballot victory in 2016.

In the state polls held earlier this 12 months, the BJP-led alliance returned to energy in Assam. But Himanta Biswa Sarma, and never Mr Sonowal, took over as Chief Minister.

Ahead of his go to to Delhi, Mr Sonowal met Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at a reception hosted by Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi at Raj Bhavan. The assembly was “formal and politics was not discussed”, mentioned a detailed aide of the previous Chief Minister. Mr Sarma was additionally current on the reception.

There has been hypothesis that Mr Sonowal, who belongs to Assam’s indigenous Sonowal-Kachari tribe, was known as by the social gathering management to the nationwide capital for consultations forward of a potential reshuffle within the Union cupboard.

Mr Sarma just lately mentioned that earlier than he was given the Chief Minister publish, BJP president J P Nadda had mentioned Mr Sonowal could be given a brand new duty.

A supply mentioned Mr Sonowal had run the federal government in Assam “successfully for five years and helped the party return to power so there is a possibility of him being suitably rehabilitated”.

The day Mr Sarma was sworn in because the Chief Minister, Prime Minister Modi had appreciated Mr Sonowal’s tenure.

“My valued colleague @sarbanandsonwal Ji was at the helm of a pro-people and pro-development administration over the last five years. His contribution towards Assam’s progress and strengthening the party in the state is immense,” the Prime Minister had tweeted.

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