25/05/2016 12:04 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

Himanta Biswa Sarma Is The New Convenor Of BJP's North-East Democratic Alliance

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Indian candidate Himanta Biswa Sarma (2nd L) of the BJP is accompanied by supporters on the way to file nomination papers from Jalukbari Assembly Constituency in Guwahati on March 21 2016. Thousands of Indian voters will elect legislators for the 126 seats contested in 25,000 polling stations in Assam state in two phases on April 4th and 11th. / AFP / Biju BORO (Photo credit should read BIJU BORO/AFP/Getty Images)

GUWAHATI -- Himanta Biswa Sarma, a former Congressman who is seen as number two in the new BJP government in Assam, was today made convenor of a newly- floated North-East Democratic Alliance.

The new platform of the BJP was formed for development of all northeastern states, hours after Sarbananda Sonowal was sworn-in as the 14th chief minister of Assam.

The alliance was formed at a meeting chaired by BJP president Amit Shah and attended by Sonowal and his Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Sikkim counterparts Kalikho Pul, TR Zeliang and PK Chamling respectively, party sources said tonight.

The meeting was also attended by BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav and BJP North East Zonal Organising secretary Ajay Jamwal, they added.

Sarma, a former Tarun Gogoi aide who quit Congress last year and was a key strategist in BJP's campaign, also took oath today as minister today.

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