Lok Sabha 2024

Guwahati, Jan 25: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma stated that the BJP will enhance its overall performance withinside the state in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections though he refused to predict the number of seats it is likely to win.

The saffron party had bagged nine out of 14 Lok Sabha seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, its best show so far in the northeastern state.

Briefing reporters after the party’s state executive meeting in Guwahati, Sarma stated that “The discussions here were not purely election-centric. But when a discussion is held about strengthening the organization, the issue of the election also comes in”.

To a question on the party’s prospects in the next Lok Sabha polls, the CM said, “The party will have its own assessment, I will have my own. It (the result) will be better than before.”

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“The Lok Sabha election winds haven’t even blown yet. It is not good to proceed with a number in mind at this moment,” he stated when asked for his prediction on the number of seats the BJP will win in the state. The state executive meeting was held within 15 days of the national executive meeting, as mandated by the rules of the saffron party.

“The discussions and decisions of the national executive were discussed so that these can be taken right to the booth level,” Sarma stated.

Mentioning that the delimitation exercise is also scheduled to take place, he said, “If it materializes, the constituencies could become different. If it doesn’t happen, the picture will be different. It is difficult to discuss the seat-wise prospects at the moment.”

The total number of Assembly constituencies will remain the same at 126 even post-delimitation, he said. The process does not favor or benefit “anyone permanently” and it (delimitation) is “generally a reflection of the people”.