Credited with difficult the controversial Illegal Migrants’ Determination by Tribunal Act within the Supreme Court which lastly scrapped it, Sonowal started his foray into politics with the All Assam Students’ Union
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal gained from Majuli Assembly seat, defeating Congress candidate Rajib Lochan Pegu by a margin of 43,192 votes.
Sonowal, who retained his seat for the second time period, polled 71,436 votes (67.53 %), whereas the Congress candidate has to his credit score 28,244 votes (26.7 %), in accordance with the Election Commission of India web site.
Besides Sonowal, contesting on a BJP ticket, there have been 5 contestants within the fray from the seat.
Sonowal was sworn-in because the 14th Chief Minister of Assam in May 2016. The Sonowal-led BJP had created fairly a flutter in 2016 by managing to topple the Congress, which had dominated the northeastern state for the previous 15 years.
What put Sonowal’s achievement much more into focus is that he introduced the celebration which had simply six seats within the 2011 Assembly into energy in 2016. His announcement because the celebration’s face in Assam got here as no shock on account of his clear picture and the truth that he loved the boldness of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
A recent voter poll, which pegged his reputation at 43.three % (a good distance from Congress chief Gaurav Gogoi at 26.four %) confirmed that his clear picture and persona stays undented.
However, with the BJP not having declared a chief ministerial candidate, speculations are on whether or not Sonowal or state minister Himanta Biswa Sarma would be the CM.
The ruling BJP-led NDA retained its grip on the state, bagging 75 of 126 Assembly constituencies, whereas the Opposition Congress-led Grand Alliance managed to win simply 50 seats.
Credited with difficult the controversial Illegal Migrants’ Determination by Tribunal (IMDT) Act within the Supreme Court which lastly scrapped it, Sonowal’s foray into politics started along with his becoming a member of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) the place he served as its president from 1992 to 1999.
A significant determine within the college students’ politics of the area, Sonowal, a legislation graduate, additionally turned the chairman of the North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) from 1996 to 2000.
In 2004, he went on to efficiently contest the Lok Sabha polls wresting the seat for the primary time from the Congress by defeating former Union minister Paban Singh Ghatowar.
He, nevertheless, misplaced the 2009 parliamentary polls to Ghatowar from the identical constituency which was as soon as thought of a Congress bastion.
Sonowal, who belongs to the Sonowal-Kachari tribe, contested the 2016 Assembly polls from Majuli, the world’s largest river island and the seat of Vaishnavite tradition.
Personal historical past
Born on 31 October, 1962, in Molokgaon in Dibrugarh district to Jibeswar Sonowal and Dineswari Sonowal, he’s a bachelor and a religious follower of Assam’s famend Vaishnav saints Sankardeva and Madhavdeva.
An ardent sportsman, he’s a eager follower of soccer, cricket and badminton.
With inputs from PTI