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Himanta CM In Assam


Himanta Biswa Sarma will succeed Sarbananda Sonowal as the 15th Chief Minister of Assam, his election at the Legislature Party meeting on Sunday ending weeks of speculation. 
Sonowal paid the price for taking a back seat during his five year tenure and let a go-getting Himanta tackle major political challenges in Assam and elsewhere in the region for the BJP.
He may be shifted to Delhi , where he was Sports Minister before moving into Assam as CM in 2016 when the saffrons formed their first government in the state.
Outgoing Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal proposed Sarma’s name as the BJP Legislature Party leader soon after tendering his resignation to Governor Jagdish Mukhi on Sunday. 
Mr. Sarma, who became the BJP’s chief poll strategist after switching over from the Congress in 2015, was later named as Mr. Sonowal’s successor.
The replacement of Mr. Sonowal with Mr. Sarma is the recognition of the fact that the latter has not only put out many fires for the BJP in Assam — like the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) — but also his role as Health and Finance Minister in Assam, in managing the COVID-19 pandemic.
Assam’s Chief Minister-designate Himanta Biswa Sarma with his predecessor Sarbananda Sonowal in Guwahati on May 9, 2021.
A Ph.D from Gauhati University, Mr. Sarma is a lawyer by training and was active in student politics as general secretary (for three terms) at Cotton College and with the All Assam Student’s Union. 
He joined the Congress in the 1990s and became an MLA from Jalukbari constituency defeating Asom Gana Parishad’s Bhrigu Phukan in 2001. Since then he has represented Jalukbari on behalf of the Congress till 2016 and from 2016 to the present on a BJP ticket. 
He became Minister in the Congress-led State governments and also rose to the position of the action man of the Tarun Gogoi government, and much of the credit for the 2011 Congress victory in the State is laid at his door.
Mr. Gogoi and Mr. Sarma became at odds with each other over the former’s plans to promote his son, Lok Sabha MP Gaurav Gogoi in politics, while Mr. Sarma had earmarked the position of successor for himself. 
The differences became too big and the Congress’ high command was either unwilling or unable to sort it out. In either case, Mr. Sarma jumped ship and joined the BJP – despite the party’s own attack on Mr. Sarma a few months before this on the issue of a CBI inquiry against him in the Louis Berger case.

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