New Delhi: Union Minister and Assam's likely chief minister designate Sarbanda Sonowal has described Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a great head of government and as a man of impeccable character.
In an interview given to Jagdeesh Chandra, Head, ETV News, ahead of his swearing-in as Assam's next chief minister in the coming week, Sonowal, speaking on the popular J.C. Show, praising Modi, said, "Narendra Modiji is a great Prime Minister. He is a man of impeccable character and has had an outstanding impact on the youth of this country, and the state of Assam has also benefitted from it.
"The Prime Minister's focus on developing the north east region is one of the main reasons and factors for the BJP to emerge victorious in the assembly elections in Assam by such a huge margin. The work done by the Modi-led government at the Centre, has cemented our (BJP's) position in Assam, and we have been able to end the reign of the corruption-ridden Congress regime," Sonowal told Chandra.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) created history in Assam on May 19, by winning 60 of the 126 assembly seats up for grabs. Its coalition partners - the Asom Gani Parishad and the Bodoland People's Front secured 14 and 12 seats respectively. All three together secured 86 of the 126 assembly seats, ending the Congress party's 15-year rule with a decisive mandate.
The victory in Assam means the BJP will play a decisive role in the politics of the tumultuous north eastern region, where it has been a marginal political force until now.
The Congress party ended up with just 26 seats, feeling the sting of an anti-incumbency wave and popular desire for change.