Guwahati, April 9: Himanta Biswa Sarma, the former Congressman who joined the BJP in August last year, said he had no interest if becoming the chief minister of Assam and completely backed the saffron party's chief ministerial candidate, Sarbananda Sonowal.
Sarma, who was once a top aide of Congress Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi but latter fell out with the latter over the arrival of Gaurav Gogoi on the state's political scene and left the party with nine other MLAs. [Assam poll phase 1A: 70% turnout recorded]
But if he does not have the ambition to become the chief minister, why did he leave the Congress? To this, Sarma, a former minister, said the reason is Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi controlling his mother and the party's president, Sonia Gandhi, according to an NDTV report. Sarma even called Rahul a "completely unintelligent person" who has no idea about Bihar or Assam, the report added.
He also said Assam has a secular society and the BJP leadership appreciates that.
In another interview, Sarma said it was a waste of time working with Rahul Gandhi. He said he should gave joined the BJP much earlier.
Speaking to NDTV, Sarma said joining the BJP does not contradict his ideology. He also spoke in favour of Sonowal being given a free hand in running the state if he becomes the chief minister and put it on the party leadership when asked about his own future. He also said he was yet to decide whether he would join the government if the BJP and its alliance wins this election.
Biswa said the BJP wants affirmative action for the Muslims, tribals and tea garden workers.