“What is the basis of Himanta’s such a claim? How will they win 100 seats? He should see what the BJP had to face in Maharashtra and Jharkhand recently,” Gogoi said while addressing the media in Guwahati.
“Only way the BJP can win in 2021 is by scrapping the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA),” Gogoi added.
He further called on Sarma to conduct elections in the state right now “if they are so sure about 2021”.
“If he is sure about 2021 then the BJP can win the election right now as well. Then why not have the election right now instead of waiting till 2021?” Gogoi reiterated.
Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday while addressing a peace rally in Barpeta asserted that the anti-CAA protests will help the BJP in the 2021 state Assembly polls.
“The people of Assam are with us as they know that CAA will not endanger the Assamese language, culture, and identity,” Sarma said.
“In fact, in the 2021 Assembly election we will win a record number of seats and form the government,” he reiterated.
“I am confident the BJP in 2021 will win around 100 seats,” he further added.
Sarma’s statement evoked sharp reactions in Assam and several political leaders and commentators even mocked him for making the claim.