Sarbananda Sonowal arrives in Delhi amid rumors of a government change. Sarbananda Sonowal, the former chief minister of Assam. Is in the national capital on Friday to meet with top BJP officials, sources said.
His presence here this afternoon comes amid rumors about an imminent Union Cabinet change and his potential inclusion.
From 2016 until last month, Sonowal served as chief minister of the BJP-led Assam government.
Despite the BJP-led alliance’s victory, Sonowal was not appointed chief minister and was replaced by Himanta Biswa Sarma.
Sonowal is expect to meet with a number of senior BJP officials, sources added.
He met Defence Minister Rajnath Singh yesterday night in Guwahati at a banquet given by Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi.
Sarma was also present for the Assam Raj Bhavan function.
There has been conjecture that Sonowal, a member of Assam’s indigenous Sonowal-Kachari tribe. Is summone to the national capital by the party leadership for discussions ahead of the Narendra Modi cabinet reshuffle.
According to sources, Sonowal is one of the leading candidates for a cabinet position.
Sarma recently said that prior to his appointment as the state’s top official, BJP President J P Nadda stated that Sonowal will be given a new duty, without defining what that responsibility could be.
Given that Sonowal successfully led a government for five years and assisted the party in regaining power, there is a chance that he would be “appropriately rehabilitated” by the party, sources added.
Modi, too, recognized his contribution to the party and administration.
“Over the past five years, my esteemed colleague @sarbanandsonwal Ji led a pro-people and pro-development government. Modi tweeted on May 10, the day Sarma was sworn in as chief minister, “His contribution to Assam’s development and strengthening the party in the state is tremendous.”
Jyotiraditya Scindia, a former Congress politician who became a BJP leader, former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi, and members from BJP allies JD-U and Apna Dal (S) are among individuals who may be admitted into the Modi government, media sources claimed.