Gogoi turned the primary Assamese to win an election with out hitting the marketing campaign path.
Jailed anti-CAA activist Akhil Gogoi secured the Sibsagar Assembly constituency, defeating his nearest rival Surabhi Rajkonwari of the BJP by a decisive 11,875 votes.
The founding father of the newly floated Raijor Dal polled 57,219 votes as an Independent, garnering help from 46.06 p.c of the voters.
The Congress, which had initially backed the Raijor Dal chief, ended up giving ticket to Subhramitra Gogoi, who got here third within the contest.
Gogoi turned the primary Assamese to win an election with out hitting the marketing campaign path. The RTI activist, in an try to succeed in out to the
folks of the state, wrote a number of open letters from jail, highlighting issues that have to be addressed. His 85-year-old mom Priyada Gogoi marketing campaign for her imprisoned son alongside the slim lanes of Sibsagar and was joined by famend social activists Medha Patkar and Sandeep Pandey.
Hundreds of youth volunteers and members of the Raijor Dal additionally took to door-to-door campaigning forward of the three-phase polls.
Gogoi has been in judicial custody ever since December 2019, when he was booked beneath the stringent UAPA through the protests in opposition to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
Gogoi, the founder-leader of the peasants’ rights group the Kisan Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), which was fashioned in 2005 amidst a forest rights motion in Golaghat’s Doiang-Tengani space.
Gogoi is understood to frequently use the Right to Information Act to acquire paperwork.
According to Amnesty International, the KMSS campaigns to guard the lives and livelihoods of farmers, together with these from indigenous Adivasi communities, by “securing land and forest rights, exposing corruption and opposing the construction of big dams that could forcibly displace peasants and threaten the lives of thousands and destruction of flora and fauna”.
Over 100 instances have been registered in opposition to Gogoi to this point, as per Amnesty International.
In 2008, Gogoi got here to nationwide prominence after being awarded the Shanmugam Manjunath Integrity Award in 2008 for his relentless battle in opposition to corruption.
In 2010, Gogoi was given the nationwide Right to Information Award by the Public Cause Research Foundation for serving to expose a 12.5 million greenback rip-off in Sampoorna Gram Rozgar Yojna in Assam’s Golaghat district.
Personal historical past
Gogoi was born on 1 March, 1976, in Jorhat.
He attended Guwahati’s Cotton College the place he studied English literature.
Gogoi joined the ‘United Revolutionary Movement Council of Assam’ after ending his commencement.
Later, he left this group and joined Natun Padatik journal as its secretary.
With inputs from PTI