BJP chuffs in Assam; meet the man who lead BJP to break Congress' stranglehold

| Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 20:11
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Congress' pain, BJP's gain - Himanta Sarma

New Delhi: Ending 15 years in office for the Congress' Tarun Gogoi, BJP and alliances has swept the state in a historic win earning 87 seats. While many point out towards the massive anti-incumbency factor that has worked in favour of BJP, the ruling party at the Centre certainly got its gameplan to work perfectly in the northeastern state and that has shown.
Here, we are referring to a former minister in Assam CM Tarun Gogoi’s government, Himanta Biswa Sarma, who is now being branded as the man behind this tremendous success.
In a thumping victory, Sarma has won from Jalukbari constituency of Assam. “Thanks to the people of Jalukbari for the historic win.Margin is approx 90000 @BJP4India,” Sarma tweeted.
Sarma, who had been the health and education minister of Assam, was also a close aide of Tarun Gogoi.  He had parted ways with Gogoi after the latter started creating space for his son Gaurav in 2012.
Sarma, who joined the BJP in 2015 after being reprimanded for his bid to remove Tarun Gogoi, was reportedly the first to advise BJP to forge an alliance with the Bodoland Peoples Front.
He was elected from Jalukbari in 2001 and was re-elected in 2006 and 2011. Sarma has served in the Assam government as minister (both in state and cabinet rank) in Planning & development, Finance, Health & education etc from 2002 to 2014.

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