Guwahati: Acting Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday expressed confidence that the new leader of the NDA legislative party, Himanta Biswa Sarma, who is like a “younger brother” to him, would wear the ‘State to higher heights.

A week after the ruling alliance won the assembly elections with a clear majority for the second successive term, Sarma was elected as the party’s leader to the legislature. Sonowal and Sarma were contenders for the first post.

Sonowal, who nominated Sarma’s name as the party’s leader in the legislature, said the head of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) – the version of the NDA in the region – was like a “younger brother to me and I wish him every success. his new journey “.

“Himanta has been entrusted with an enormous responsibility and I grant him my love and blessings so that he can perform his duties well for the welfare and progress of all sections of the society”, a- he said, addressing the newly elected members of the three covenants. partners – the BJP, AGP and UPPL.

The chief minister designate has a long and rich political experience that will help him make Assam a developed state, Sonowal said.

Sonowal said that over the past five years, the BJP-led government in the state has been able to gain the trust of the people in bringing about peace, progress, security and development.

“We thank the people for placing their trust in us and for giving us a clear mandate for the second successive term.

I urge all elected members of the alliance to work with dedication and honesty, ”he said.

Calling on MPs to work not for their personal goals but for the betterment of society, Sonowal said, “Our goal should be to stand united and dedicate ourselves to the service of society, our state and the nation. ” At the meeting, he also urged new assembly members to devote themselves to tackling the second battle against COVID-19 by maintaining all protocols.

Ahead of the BJP Legislative Party meeting, Sonowal visited Raj Bhavan and tendered his resignation as chief minister to Governor Jagadish Mukhi who traditionally asked him to remain in office until the formation of the new one. government.

The party’s central leadership summoned Sonowal and Sarma, contenders for the top post, to New Delhi on Saturday for talks on forming the next state government.

The BJP had not announced the name of the chief minister until polls and speculation has been rife for the past week on who would run the affairs of state.

Sonowal was cast as the top ministerial candidate in the 2016 polls won by the BJP, making him the chief prime minister of the BJP in the Northeast.

The alliance of BJP, Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and the United People’s Liberal Party (UPPL) is the first non-congressional government in the state to win elections for the second consecutive term.

Of the 126 Assembly seats in Assam, the ruling alliance won 75 seats, the BJP won 60 while its alliance partners AGP won nine and the UPPL six.