Guwahati: Amid speculation on the names of candidates who will represent Assam in Rajya Sabha, the ruling BJP has decided to field a consensus candidate, Birendra Prasad Baishya of the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), for one of the two seats.
NEDA convenor and Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced the party’s decision after attending a high-level meeting at the national capital on Sunday. “After discussion with our party president Amit Shah, we have decided to share a seat with AGP,” Sarma told media persons.
However the minister made it clear that the party will field its own candidate for the remaining one seat. “We will field an Assamese candidate from the party for the other seat,” he added.
Meanwhile, speaking to the media, AGP president Atul Bora also revealed that Baishya, a former Union minister, will be the party’s candidate for Rajya Sabha.
The decision over candidates for the two Rajya Sabha seats from Assam was taken at a meeting called by Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and BJP national president Amit Shah in New Delhi on Sunday. They also congratulated Shah over the landslide victory of BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
The two Rajya Sabha seats from Assam will fall vacant with the terms of Manmohan Singh and Santiuse Kujur coming to an end on June 14. The last date for filing of nominations for the two seats is May 28.
Earlier, NDA partner Ram Vilas Paswan was speculated to get a Rajya Sabha seat from Assam as part of the deal with BJP before the Lok Sabha polls.