Ever since he joined the Tarun Gogoi-led Congress government in 2001 as a minister of state after his first electoral victory, Himanta Biswa Sarma had always been seen by many as someone who would reach the chief minister’s chair in due course.

On Sunday, that expectation came true as Sarma pipped incumbent Sarbananda Sonowal to be unanimously selected as the legislature party leader of BJP, which secured 60 seats in the recently concluded assembly polls to return to power in Assam for a second consecutive term.

As a seasoned politician, Sarma never made his ambitions for the top post public. But ever since he quit the Congress cabinet of Gogoi in 2015 after differences with the CM promoting his son Gaurav, the perception was strong that he joined the BJP in order to fulfil his political goals.

Sonowal led the BJP to an electoral victory, but the high command had to give the CM’s chair to Sarma as he was the one who galvanized mass support for the…

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