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Outgoing Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal submits his resignation

Himanta Biswa Sarma, who is said to be crowned the next Assam chief minister, and Sarbananda Sonowal have reached the Assam Legislative Assembly where a decision on the state leadership will be taken.

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Guwahati: Outgoing Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday submitted his resignation to Governor Jagdish Mukhi. Sarbananda Sonowal was in Delhi on Saturday to hold meetings with top party leadership, including Home Minister Amit Shah and party president JP Nadda, to discuss the leadership issue.

Himanta Biswa Sarma, who is said to be crowned the next Assam chief minister, and Sarbananda Sonowal have reached the Assam Legislative Assembly where a decision on the state leadership will be taken.

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A week after the ruling alliance won the assembly elections with a clear majority, the BJP Legislature Party in Assam is holding a meeting in Guwahati to elect the next chief minister of the state.

The meeting started at 11 am and Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and party General Secretary Arun Singh are present as central observers.

The party’s central leadership had summoned Sarbananda Sonowal and Himanta Biswa Sarma, both contenders for the top post, to New Delhi on Saturday for discussions on the formation of the next government in the state.

A series of meetings, lasting for more than four hours, were held with BJP President JP Nadda and Union Home Minister Amit Shah with the duo, following which Sarma said that the BJP’s legislature party is likely to meet on Sunday and all questions related to the next government will be answered there.

Both Sonowal and Sarma had gone together to Delhi this morning by a chartered flight and returned tonight along with the central observers. (With PTI inputs)

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