Guwahati: Former AASU president Sarbananda Sonowal, known for being involved as a petitioner in the scrapping of the controversial IM (DT) Act in the Supreme Court, was on Friday appointed by the BJP central leadership as the president of the state unit of the party.
Sonowal, who is also an Ex-MLA from Moran and former MP from Dibrugarh Lok Sabha constituency representing the AGP, replaced Ranjit Dutta in the top post of the party in the state.
State BJP spokesman Santanu Bharali said that “Outgoing President Ranjit Dutta has resigned on health grounds.”
Sonowal told that “My priorities include protection of the indigenous people on all fronts, besides working for all-round development of the state as well as the society.”
His appointment as the party president of the state unit is in line with the common practice amongst political parties these days to choose for young leaders.
Sonowal was the president of AASU for two consecutive terms between 1992 and 1999. He was also the president of the North East Students Organization (Neso), the umbrella student organization spread across the seven north-eastern states.