Himanta Biswa Sarma not to contest 2019 Lok Sabha polls
GUWAHATI: While the politicos have already started their campaign strategies for the Lok Sabha elections of 2019, the one name which is making the rounds as a premium candidate is Assam Cabinet minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. According to sources close to him, however, he might not contest for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
A close associate of Sarma, talking to G Plus in anonymity said, “He (Himanta) might not contest for the Lok Sabha elections because he is assigned with other important tasks for the 2019 polls.”
The associate revealed that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) high command has enrolled Sarma as one of the members in the central election committee (CEC) of the party. The source said that Himanta will play a major role in taking decisions on the candidates who would contest for the polls from the northeast.
Another source in the BJP who recently attended the BJP executive meeting said that there are many names which are making rounds as aspirants of Member of Parliament (MP) from Guwahati. He said that Ramen Deka wants to contest from Guwahati and not from Mangaldoi this time.
Similarly, there are other names like Deepak Borthakur who is close to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Rupam Goswami of BJP and Queen Ojha who was a former Asom Gana Parishad legislator from Guwahati.
The associate close of Himanta said that though now the main task for Himanta is to get at least 22 seats out of the 25 from the northeast, there might be last minute changes in the decisions. The associate revealed that in 2016 Jayanta Malla Baruah was fixed to get the MLA ticket from Nalbari, but at the last minute, the decision was changed. But the associate confirmed that Bijoya Chakravorty will not get the ticket this time to contest from Guwahati.
File photo of Himanta Biswa Sarma