In 2018, Sarma with the BJP’s Tripura in-charge, managed to interrupt the whole high management of the state Trinamool Congress and the Congress to deliver them into the BJP fold
Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma secured the Jalukbari for the fifth consecutive time period, beating Congress opponent Romen Chandra Borthakur by 1,01,911 votes.
The BJP-led NDA has retained energy within the state by bagging 75 of the 126 Assembly constituencies. However, because the saffron celebration had not projected a chief ministerial face, the question now could be whether or not Sarbananda Sonowal will get one other time period as CM or if Sarma will get the highest submit.
Sarma has been credited as the person behind the BJP’s saffron surge within the North East.
But a number of years in the past, not many might have predicted such a profession path for the 51-year-old convenor of the North East Democratic Alliance, as soon as a former Congress strongman and ‘blue-eyed boy’ of former chief minister Tarun Gogoi.
Sarma had an early begin, becoming a member of the All Assam Students Union (AASU) in 1980. He was, on the time, in Class 6. By 1981, because the crackdown on AASU was starting, Sarma was tasked with carrying the press releases and supplies for the press each night.
Just a few years later, he had risen to the place of AASU’s Guwahati unit’s common secretary.
After becoming a member of the Congress within the 1990s, he lastly contested polls from Guwahati’s Jalukbari in 2001. He defeated Asom Gana Parishad chief Bhrigu Kumar Phukan, and has since held onto that seat.
Sarma served in a number of Congress governments and held a slew of positions together with the Minister of State for Agriculture, Planning & Development, Finance, Health, Education, and Assam Accord Implementation from 2002 to 2014.
Serving within the Gogoi cupboard, Sarma is alleged to have been the brains behind the Congress’ victory within the 2011 Assembly polls, when it gained 79 of 126 seats.
Unfortunately, with regard to his tenure in Congress, it was all downhill from there.
Sarma’s profession within the Congress was additionally dogged by allegations of corruption and critics dubbing him as a ‘Machiavellian operator’.
A falling out with Gogoi over the political prospects of the chief minister’s son Gaurav and a snub for a ‘delight of place’ in celebration excessive command led him to affix the BJP simply previous to the 2016 Assembly polls.
By August 2016, he was appointed convener of the then-newly fashioned NEDA.
In 2018, Sarma with the BJP’s Tripura in-charge, managed to interrupt the whole high management of the state Trinamool Congress and the Congress to deliver them into the BJP fold in addition to construct an Assam-style alliance with the Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT).
Personal historical past
Born on 1 February, 1969, to Kailash Nath Sarma and Mrinalini Devi, Sarma studied at Guwahati’s Kamrup Academy School and Cotton College. He was common secretary (GS) of Cotton school Student’s Union from 1991 to 1992.
He has an LLB From Government Law College and a PhD from Gauhati University. Sarma practised regulation at Gauhati High Court from 1996 to 2001.
He married Riniki Bhuyan Sarma on 7 June 2001, with whom he has a son and a daughter. In 2017, he was elected because the Badminton Association of India president.
With inputs from PTI