BJP will win over 70 seats in Assam, says Himanta Biswa Sarma

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Guwahati, April 6: Assam senior BJP leader Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday, April 6 said that his party will get over 70 seats out of total 126 in the ongoing assembly elections.

While talking to Economic Times, 47-year-old Sarma exuded confidence saying there will be no question of hung assembly.

[Special Coverage: Assembly Elections 2016]

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Senior BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma (L) during an election rally in Sonitpur district of Assam

On being asked about his role in BJP, he asserted that he never asked for any post from the BJP and he will think twice even if party offers him any ministry.

However, he added that BJP will unveil its plan for him after April 11, when two-phase assembly polls will be over in Assam.

Sarma who parted ways with the Congress in July 2014, joined BJP in August 2015 and also expressed that he should have join BJP earlier. [Assam rebel minister Himanta Biswa Sarma quits]

On being asked about PM Narendra Modi, Sarma said that he was left impressed with PM's immense knowledge about Assam.

BJP's key strategist Sarma also had a regret while working in Congress and revealed that "working with Rahul Gandhi was a waste of time."

[Assam polls 2016: BJP looks more organised than Congress but still...]

While taking a dig at Congress, Sarma was quoted saying as to the TOI, "The list of the sons, daughters or relatives of Congress leaders contesting the election is very long. To me, it is nothing but Congress's family drama. Congress can easily make a TV soap opera on the appearance of the relatives of its leaders in the election. It can name it ghar-sansaar politics."

On his assembly constituency Jalukbari, he said he is all set to break his record of winning and considers it as the best developed assembly constituency.

Sarma, who has been representing the Jalukbari assembly constituency since 2001, was an important leader of the Congress in the state and played a vital role in bringing the party to power in Assam in the last three consecutive elections.

[Assam ex-minister meets Amit Shah, to join BJP]

Sarma had since 2011 been expressing dissent and demanding a change in the state leadership.

I am humbled at the tremendous support shown by my people at Sorbhog in Barpeta, today. Vote for the development of Assam. #Assam

Posted by Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

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