Edited By: Pathikrit Sen Gupta
Last Updated: March 02, 2023, 23:59 IST
Assam chief minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma. (File pic: Twitter/@himantabiswa)
Observers say Himanta Biswa Sarma has passed this exam with flying colours and he becomes more important nationally following these results
He is known as the Bharatiya Janata Party’s “Mr Dependable” in the Northeast. Some also call him “Chanakya of the East”. For the last two years, North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) chief Himanta Biswa Sharma worked hard in Tripura, Meghalaya, and Nagaland to expand his party’s influence. Elections in these three states of the Northeast were a prestige battle for the saffron party and Biswa Sarma himself. He was a key strategist behind the formation of the previous coalition governments in Meghalaya and Nagaland.
These three states were also his responsibility this time, say BJP sources.
“For the last two months, almost 20 meetings in 3 states each…that was his routine,” said a senior BJP leader. “After that, he used to sit for strategy meetings which would continue till 2am.”
Tribal votes were a big factor and Biswa Sarma himself reached out to Tipra Motha in Tripura, said sources. When the alliance did not materialise, he was the one who kept the BJP’s alliance with the Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) alive.
The characters of Tripura, Meghalaya, and Nagaland are quite different. For instance, there was a Christian vote factor in Meghalaya and Nagaland. And Biswa Sarma ensured that was part of the BJP’s strategy for the polls, said party insiders.
The Assam chief minister has good relations with most other parties in the Northeast, particularly National People’s Party (NPP), Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), Tipra Motha, etc.
Sources say Conrad Sangma met Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday, the day before the poll results.
After the outcomes were clear, the Assam CM tweeted.
He later also tweeted about Conrad Sangma reaching out to the BJP.
Sri @SangmaConrad , Chief Minister of Meghalaya, called @AmitShah ji, Hon’ble Home Minister, and sought his support and blessings in forming the new Government..— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) March 2, 2023
Sangma too later took to the social media site.
Observers say Himanta Biswa Sarma has passed this exam with flying colours and he becomes more important nationally following these results.
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