"I will resign from my seat in the assembly in a day or two after returning to Assam," Sarma told the media here after the meeting. Sarma, who held the state's health and education portfolios, quit his ministerial post in July last year after a major fallout with Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.

Sarma was at one time seen as Gogoi's blue-eyed boy. Stating that the fall of the Gogoi-led Congress government was certain in next year's assembly elections in the state, Sarma said: "We don't want to defeat Gogoi by playing the game of numbers. Not MLAs, but the people of Assam will bring about the downfall of the Gogoi government."

He added: "We are not going to move a no-confidence motion against the chief minister. We may consider resigning which would force the chief minister to go to the people and seek their mandate again."

The strategy, however, he said would be fixed by the BJP leadership only. He also referred to Gogoi's remarks on Friday that it was difficult for the state government to alone fight the ongoing wave of devastating floods in Assam due to lack of funds.

"Since he is citing lack of funds as the reason for failing to fight the flood situation, then let there be a government that can have funds," the former minister  said.

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