Assam | Amit Shah justifies Himanta Biswa’s omission from LS candidates list

Assam | Amit Shah justifies Himanta Biswa’s omission from LS candidates list

GUWAHATI, March 22, 2019: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday announced its first list of candidates for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, with the party leadership announcing the names of 182 candidates from 20 states across the country.

While a number of big names have been given a ticket, senior BJP leader from Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma, who has played a pivotal role in strengthening the party's hold in the state and the north-east, was given the snub.

Shah has now issued a clarification in an effort to justify the decision stating that it was taken in the best interests of the party and the state of Assam.

"The Assam election selection committee and Assam BJP members had recommended Himanta Biswa Sarma's name for the Lok Sabha elections. But the North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) in consultation with the central leadership of the BJP has decided to let Biswas to continue to as a minister in Assam and continue the work of the NEDA chairman and continue to contribute a healthy growth of the party in Assam and the north-east," the BJP president said in a post on micro-blogging platform Twitter.

"I wish that the Assam BJP unit and the entire BJP family accepts this decision. I have complete confidence that this decision will help in the progress and growth of Assam and the north-east," he said in his post.

The general elections will be held in seven phases from April 11 to May 19 for 543 Lok Sabha seats across the country. Counting will be done on May 23.

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