Where is our CM?

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Where is our CM?

Sidharth Bedi Varma | April 30, 2020 15:57 hrs

In the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, we’ve learnt two important things. One, that Assam has done a commendable job in flattening the curve and containing the spread of the virus which several other states have failed to do. Two; that Himanta Biswa Sarma has emerged as the torch bearer in this fight against the COVID -19 pandemic. So much so that the Assam Chief Minster is nowhere to be seen…I’ll correct myself, he is being seen but he’s been deputed to mere face-mask distribution activities and photo-ops.

I am sure reaching out to the villagers is an important activity in the entire scheme of things, but it does look like the health minister is gunning for the big finish and most of the credit that comes along with. The best part is that he’s doing a great job too – timely press conferences, answering press/public queries, visiting/monitoring hotspots and most importantly dealing with public nerves.

I could be wrong about Sarbananda Sonowal not doing anything, or at least that’s what it looks like. But maybe Sonowal needs to position himself a little better in the scheme of things – a little camera time, a little pep-talk. 

The point here is that we are all a little disappointed in our Chief Minister not being as proactive as we expect him to be. Look at Kejriwal taking Delhi by storm. Despite all 11 districts in Delhi being hotspots, he’s coming forward and keeping in touch with his people (pun-intended).
If this continues, the answer to ‘who is Assam’s Chief Minster’ would disappoint Sonowal. I am only making this remark after my media friends from outside ask, “tumhara Himanta bohot accha kaam kar raha hai.” And of course, local sentiment is strongly (only) in favour of Sarma.

A little pro-activeness on Sarbananda’s part would go a long way in improving his ‘likeability’. But of course, he has to keep in mind to say the right thing or else, he might end up red-faced again just like after announcing the opening of vegetable shops without much clarity…

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