Guwahati: Senior BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma was chosen for the top job replacing the outgoing chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on May 9 (Sunday).
The NEDA convener is all set to be the 15th Chief Minister of Assam and will be sworn in on Monday. Sonowal himself has proposed Sarma’s name as the next CM of the state at the crucial BJP legislature party meet today.
Born to late Kailash Nath Sarma and Mrinalini Devi on February 1, 1969, Sarma was actively involved in historic Assam Agitation during his school days. After matriculation, he joined the prestigious Cotton College till his post-graduation.
Sarma was the general secretary of Cotton College Union Society (CCSU) for three terms in 1988-89, 1989-90 and 1991-92. He also obtained Bachelor of Law (LLB) from the Cotton College under Gauhati University.
He was awarded doctor of philosophy (PhD) by the Gauhati University.
In 20021, Sarma tied his knot with Riniki Bhuyan with whom he has a son – Nandil Biswa Sarma and a daughter – Sukanya Sarma.
It has been a long journey for Himanta in the politics of Assam and no other politician since independence had such a hold over Assam’s political scemnerio and that too in two major parties and spread over two decades.
Sarma rose through the ranks of the All Asam Stusent union as well as student politics and became General Secretary of the Cotton College for several times. However, he fell out with AASU and was expelled from it as he came close to the then chief minister Hiteswar Saikia in the early 90s.
Saikia gave him enormous space in the Congress party and he kept rising through the ranks but lost his first election in 1996 to Bhrigu Kumar Phukan in the Jalukbari constituency.
But in 2001, he won the Jalukbari constituency and since then there has been no stopping and very soon endeared himself to next Congress chief minister Tarun Gogoi.
Since 2006, Sarma rose as the most important politician of Assam as Mr Gogoi gave him a free hand.
Assam politics took a turn after a protracted political clash between Saram and Tarun Gogoi erupted. Sarma fell out with Gogoi and left Congress for BJP in 2016 and the rest is history.
Sarma is one of the most influential political leaders in the Northeast and is also known as the key strategist and trouble-shooter of the BJP in the region.
He has been playing a major role in containing the covid-19 pandemic in the state since last year.