Sarbananda Sonowal, among the many Narendra Modi authorities’s first two minsters from the northeast, is again within the Union ministry because the in-charge of Ports, Shipping and Waterways and the Ministry of Ayush after a five-year stint in Assam. His elimination, celebration sources have indicated, is supposed to offer a transparent subject to Himanta Biswa Sarma, who was rewarded with the highest job after serving to ship the northeast to the BJP.
For the BJP, it was a tricky selection between the nice picture Mr Sonowal had cultivated within the state and the indispensable strategizing and trouble-shooting abilities of Mr Sarma.
As the primary BJP Chief Minister of Assam, a lot of it a Congress bastion, Mr Sonowal, 59, had steered the state by means of the Centre’s controversial strikes together with the National Registry of Citizens that had upset not solely the individuals however the leaders of his celebration.
Ahead of the state election this yr, he indicated that none of it might matter, as his authorities had “earned the belief of individuals” with its development-centric insurance policies and by making certain peace within the state.
In 2016, as Assam was ripe for a change after three phrases of Congress authorities led by Tarun Gogoi, the BJP, in a change of technique, had projected Mr Sonowal as its face within the state.
The genial persona and gracefulness of the previous scholar chief the state knew, labored, and the BJP received 60 of Assam’s 126 seats, powered by a sweep of Upper Assam, historically a Congress bastion.
Later, Mr Sonowal had visited Mr Gogoi and personally invited him to the oath ceremony.
Mr Sonowal was President of the All-Assam Student Union between 1992 and 1999.
He then left the physique to start his political profession by becoming a member of the Asom Gana Parishad, getting elected MLA from Moran in 2001.
Three years later, in 2004, he entered the Lok Sabha from Dibrugarh.
In 2011, he joined the BJP saying later that he made the shift as he felt that Assam’s core issues just like the unlawful immigrant situation, could possibly be solved solely by intervention at a nationwide degree.
In 2014, he returned to the decrease home, contesting from Lakhimpur and have become the Union Sports Minister throughout Prime Minister Modi’s first time period.