Ahead of the 2016 assembly polls, the State Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) representatives are mulling to induct at least two MPs from Assam in Narendra Modi’s cabinet. Speaking to ENe, a party insider said, ‘Presently, there is not a single representative from Assam in the Union cabinet, so the induction of two MPs from the State would go a long way in helping its prospects during the the upcoming state elections.’ The source further informed that Nagaon MP Rajen Gohain and Dibrugarh MP Rameshwar Teli were likely to get berths in the Union cabinet.
‘Gohain is a veteran leader of the State, he retained the Nagaon seat for four consecutive terms and also once headed the party,’ he further asserted, adding, ‘On the other hand, Teli, who belongs to the tea garden community is hugely popular amongst them; tea garden community makes up 16 percent of Assam’s total population.’
The source further said, ‘Whosoever will be given the ministerial berth would depend upon their popularity in the State. Rajen Gohain is a popular figure in lower Assam, whereas Rameshwar Teli is popular in the Upper Assam belt’.