Guwahati, April 13, 2019
Tezpur Congress candidate MGVK Bhanu has been appointed as the election in-charge of Jalukbari assembly, which is the assembly constituency of Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
Bhanu has been given charge of Jalukbari Assembly segment under Gauhati Parliamentary Constituency for the third phase of Lok Sabha polls to be held on April 23rd, 2019. Bhanu will roll out the party’s campaign road map for the third phase of Lok Sabha election.
It may be mentioned that during the first phase campaign, Sarma along with other BJP leaders mocked “outsider” Bhanu at different election rallies for having a name which is “difficult for the common Assamese people to pronounce or remember”. Bhanu is contesting against Assam Minister Pallab Lochan Das for the Tezpur seat.
An Assam-Meghalaya cadre IAS officer of the 1985 batch, Bhanu, who came to Assam in 1986, was known as the right-hand man of former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi. He has also worked with former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YSR Reddy.
Bhanu joined the Congress in February 2019, seven months after he retired as the state’s additional chief secretary. He hails from Navabupalem in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh.
On the other hand, Sarma was elected to the Assam Legislative Assembly from Jalukbari for the first time in 2001 when he defeated Asom Gana Parishad leader Bhrigu Kumar Phukan and was re-elected in 2006 and then for the third consecutive term in 2011 with a record margin of more than 75,000 votes.
After political differences with former chief minister Tarun Gogoi, Sarma resigned from all portfolios on 21 July 2014. He was the MLA of Jalukbari constituency until his resignation from Assembly on 15 September 2015.
Sarma joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on August 23rd, 2015 at the residence of Amit Shah at New Delhi. In May 2016, Sarma won Jalukbari constituency for the fourth consecutive term with an even better margin than that of 2011, of almost 90000 votes.