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Dass re-elected State BJP president
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 GUWAHATI, Jan 18 - Ranjeet Kumar Dass was today unanimously re-elected BJP’s State unit president for a fresh three-year term, with the veteran leader exuding confidence that the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will retain power in Assam during next year’s Assembly polls by winning at least 100 seats.

Dass was the only one to file nomination for the post of State BJP president. He was declared elected by Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan, who attended the convention as BJP’s central observer. Pradhan also handed the certificate of election to Dass.

In addition, 14 party leaders from Assam were also elected unopposed as members of BJP’s national council. With this the ruling party’s organisational election process in Assam, which had started in July last year, concluded today.

Addressing the gathering, Dass alleged that certain elements are trying to spread misinformation and rumours with a view to emotionalising the public in Assam. “However, now the people are beginning to see the facts,” he said.

“We are confident that with the cooperation of all our partymen, the support of the masses, and the guidance of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma we will be able to emerge victorious in the 2021 Assembly elections... Our mission is 100-plus seats for the BJP and our allies combined,” he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Sonowal said that his government has achieved a lot during its term so far. “I am elated to see Dass re-elected for a second term... I am confident that in 2021 we will again be able to form our government,” he added.

Pradhan said the BJP has in recent years managed to expand its footprint across Assam and the northeastern states. “Our aim now is to further consolidate our position in this region,” he said.

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