Himanta Biswa Sarma, 52, will succeed Sarbananda Sonowal because the fifteenth Chief Minister of Assam after the BJP-led alliance received with a landslide of 78 votes within the meeting elections, the outcomes of which was declared on Might 2. The BJP alone had received 60 seats.
Mr Sarma, who held necessary portfolios corresponding to Well being, Finance, Schooling and PWD and Mr Sonowal, a former Union Minister dubbed “Jatiya Nayak” within the state — have been the frontrunners for the publish.
For Mr Sarma, the state’s prime job is a fruits of an extended and arduous journey that began on the All Assam College students’ Union. He was the Common Secretary on the prestigious Cotton Faculty Union Society in 1991-1992 whereas pursuing a masters’ diploma in Political Science.
Being in AASU that after spearheaded the Assam Agitation – from 1979 to 1985 — Mr Sarma grew nearer to Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, who was the face of regionalism within the state and Bhrigu Kumar Phukan of the Asom Gana Parishad, shaped after the signing of the Assam Accord 1985.
However for him, the true political journey started within the mid-’90s when Congress’s then Chief Minister Hiteswar Saikia — thought of the craftiest CM the state has ever had – introduced him into the Congress. That paid dividends years after his demise, when Mr Sarma beat his political mentor Bhrigu Phukan in Jalukbari constituency.
He received from this constituency in 2006, 2011 and 2016. This yr, he received with a margin of multiple lakh votes.
Within the Congress, he grew to become then Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi’s “blue-eyed-boy” and dealt with a number of portfolios.
However that they had a fall-out in 2013 after Tarun Gogoi determined to challenge his son Gaurav Gogoi, narrowing Mr Sarma’s ambition of succeeding him to the highest job.
Lastly, after a two-year-long dissidence, Mr Sarma walked out with 10 different MLAs to hitch the BJP.
Throughout his tenure on the Congress, Mr Sarma additionally bought entangled in numerous controversies — the allegations of involvement in Louis Berger bribery rip-off and the Sardha Chit Fund case. Although not convicted in any, they proceed to hang-out his political profession.
Since becoming a member of the BJP, Mr Sarma had not solely dealt with prime portfolios — Finance, well being, Schooling and PWD — he additionally opened the doorways to the northeast for the BJP because the convenor of the North East Democratic Alliance.
In Arunachal Pradesh, he crafted a coup that upstaged the Congress. In Manipur, he stitched up a BJP alliance in 2017. His deal-making ensured a BJP authorities in Meghalaya as nicely. In Nagaland, Sarma, universally referred to as “HBS”, was the important thing determine within the alliance between the Naga Individuals’s Entrance, the Nationwide Democratic Progressive Get together and the BJP.