NEW DELHI: Assam CM-designate Himanta Sarma on Sunday said that former CM Sarbanda Sonowal will continue to be “marg-darshak” to him.
After being elected unanimously as the legislative leader of the party Sunday morning, Sarma heaped praises on his predecessor.
“He practised politics of values. Sonowal is a leader with a foresight, someone who had the vision of uniting the people of ‘Barak-Brahmaputra-plains-hills’ while ensuring no section of the society was left behind. He was our leader and will remain so as our ‘marg-darshak’,” Sarma said.
Himanta Biswa Sarma later in the day met governor Jagdish Mukhi and staked his claim to form government.
Sarma also thanked Sonowal for showing “immense faith” in him by giving him important portfolios during his term as Assam CM.
“He inspired me to serve the people well. I promise to follow the path that he has shown us in the last five years,” the CM-designate said.
The question of who will be the next CM of Assam dominated headlines since the elections held in the north-eastern state last month.
Sonowal and Sarma had been battling for the post of CM even before the results came in, and the stalemate continued exactly for a week after the election results on May 2 cleared the way for NDA‘s government.
The two leaders met the party high command in Delhi to Saturday as part of deliberations to decide on the chief minister.
Sarma also expressed his gratitude to the Prime Minister for prioritising North East and home minister Amit Shah for “meticulous planning” that resulted in peace returning to the Bodo and the Karbi areas.
(With inputs from PTI)