In the recently-concluded election, Sarma had secured the Jalukbari seat for the fifth consecutive time period
Assam BJP chief Himanta Biswa Sarma has been unanimously elected because the chief of the BJP Legislature Party on Sunday. He will quickly be invited to form the government because the chief minister of the state.
In the recently-concluded election, Sarma had secured the Jalukbari seat for the fifth consecutive time period, beating Congress opponent Romen Chandra Borthakur by 1,01,911 votes.
Sarma has been credited as the person behind the BJP’s saffron surge within the North East.
But a couple 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.
A number of years later, he had risen to the place of AASU’s Guwahati unit’s basic 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 ‘satisfaction of place’ in social gathering excessive command led him to hitch the BJP simply previous to the 2016 Assembly polls.
By August 2016, he was appointed convener of the then-newly shaped NEDA.
In 2018, Sarma with the BJP’s Tripura in-charge, managed to interrupt your complete high management of the state Trinamool Congress and the Congress to carry them into the BJP fold in addition to construct an Assam-style alliance with the Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT).
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 basic 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 legislation 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