The BJP appointed Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju as in-charge of party affairs in Nagaland and Assam Health and Finance Minister Shri Himanta Biswa Sarma of Tripura on December 23, 2017.
As per the a party statement the Bharatiya Janata Party National President Shri Amit Shah appointed both to the party posts in view of the two assembly elections in this year.
Noteworthy, elections in Tripura and Nagaland were held in February 2013 and the tenure of current assemblies ends in March 2018.
Shri Himanta Biswa Sarma is also the convener of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), an alliance of regional parties.
Tripura is governed by the Left Front led by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) since 1993, while Nagaland is governed by the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland that includes the BJP.