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Assam BJP trashes statement on CM candidate, praises Sonowal
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Assam BJP trashes statement on CM candidate, praises Sonowal
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Guwahati, Aug 23 (TIWN) The Assam BJP on Sunday rubbished Congress leader and former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi's claim that former Supreme Court Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi could be the BJP's chief ministerial candidate in the next year's Assembly polls, and instead praised CM Sarbananda Sonowal.

Tarun Gogoi, the Chief Minister for 15 years until the BJP came to power in 2016, told the media in Guwahati on Saturday that the former CJI could be the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate in the polls, likely to be held in April-May next year.

Assam Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Ranjeet Kumar Dass said that “some people utter a lot of hollow matter when they grow very old, and we will like to put Tarun Gogoi’s statement in that category”.

“There is not an iota of truth in what Tarun Gogoi told the media,” Dass told reporters.

Ranjan Gogoi retired as CJI on November 17, 2019. He took oath as a nominated member of the Rajya Sabha in March this year.

Assam BJP spokesperson Dewan Dhrubajyoti Moral said he has no inclination to even react to “anything like building castles in the air”.

“The BJP has no reason to look beyond incumbent Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal who has a clean image along with good performance record and is acceptable to all tribals, non-tribals and other indigenous groups,” the BJP leader said.

Tarun Gogoi, who represents the Titabor seat in Assam Assembly, on Saturday said that he would contest the next elections, but neither he nor his parliamentarian son Gaurav would be the Congress’ prospective CM candidate.

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