Sarma's name was proposed by former chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and seconded by BJP state party president Ranjeet Kumar Dass
The party's central leadership had summoned chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, both contenders for the top post, to New Delhi on Saturday for discussions on government formation
Sonowal, who belongs to Assam's indigenous Sonowal-Kachari tribals, and Sarma, an Assamese Brahmin who is the convenor of the North East Democratic Alliance, are top contenders for the chief minister's post
Assam verdict, NDA rule at Centre hurdles for Congress to regain foothold in North East as four states from region vote within two years
The significance of the region can be understood from the fact that it accounts for 25 Lok Sabha seats, more than half of which come from Assam alone
Assam Class 10, 12 board exams postponed due to rise in COVID-19 cases; new dates to be announced soon
The state government had ordered to shut down all the lower primary schools which reported more than 100 coronavirus cases
Assam Assembly election 2021, Akhil Gogoi profile: Raijor Dal founder wins Sibsagar constituency from jail
Gogoi became the first Assamese to win an election without hitting the campaign trail.
Assam Assembly Election 2021, Sarbananda Sonowal profile: BJP leader records second straight win from Majuli
Credited with challenging the controversial Illegal Migrants' Determination by Tribunal Act in the Supreme Court which finally scrapped it, Sonowal began his foray into politics with the All Assam Students' Union
The Forest Beneath the Mountains: Read an excerpt from Ankush Saikia's book where fiction meets history and Assam's ecology
Weaving in local elements in its language and texture, Saikia examines issues that do not often appear in Indian fiction.
The whereabouts of the employees are not known and the abductors have not made any contact with the family or the company so far
India must prioritise adapting eight highly vulnerable eastern cities for climate change, says report
The eight cities are Jharkhand, Mizoram, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh and West Bengal.
With the year ending, the Bengali community brings home the Panjika, a book with all the important dates for the upcoming New Year
In Assam, locals struggle to find Bihu special greens owing to unplanned urbanisation, climate change
For Rongali Bihu, the Assamese new year, a special dish is traditionally prepared — a concoction of ‘ekho-ek bidh xaak’, or 101 varieties of local leafy greens and herbs, that is believed to be beneficial to health.
"Beef is the national dish of India," said Assam's BJP Candidate Banendra Kumar Mushahary at an election rally. Members of the right-wing Purvanchal Hindu Oika Mancha rushed to file an FIR against Mushahary's statement.
The Congress also accused the Election Commission of acting "as per instructions of the BJP", adding that there are reports of people detecting EVMs being transported in private vehicles
Assam Assembly election 2021: Full list of 40 constituencies to vote on 6 April; Himanta Biswa Sarma in fray
An array of national leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, campaigned for their respective alliance candidates
The Bodo Peoples Front had moved the poll panel alleging that its candidate from Tamulpur, Rangja Khungur Basumatary, joined the BJP on 1 April under inducement
Assam polls: EC orders repolling in Ratabari booth after EVM found in BJP candidate's car; Congress threatens to boycott polls
The area also witnessed violence over the incident on Thursday night, forcing the police to fire in the air to bring the situation under control
Assam Election 2021: Setback for Congress-led Mahajot as BPF's Tamulpur candidate joins BJP ahead of polls
BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted that Rangja Khungur Basumatary, who was reportedly missing since two days, has expressed his desire to join the saffron party and retire from the election
Assam election 2021: 76.96% turnout recorded in 'peaceful' phase 2 polling; EC issues notice to Himanta Biswa Sarma
Long queues were seen outside most of the 10,592 polling stations across the 13 districts in the Barak Valley, the Hill region and parts of Central and Lower Assam since early morning
The BJP is locked in a tightly contested election in West Bengal with the ruling Trinamool Congress