Assam, May 13: Almost 30 years ago, when he was 22-year-old, Himanta Biswa Sarma had told a young Riniki Bhuyan, who later became his wife, that he would become the chief minister of Assam one day.
“Tell your mother, I will be the chief minister of Assam one day,” Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had told Riniki Bhuyan when she was 17 and Himanta was 22 and a student of Cotton College in Guwahati.
“He was very sure what he wanted to do in the future. What he told me at the age of 22 has now come true,” Himanta Biswa Sarma’s wife Riniki Bhuyan Sarma said.
“On May 9, he returned home and just said designated chief minister. I just looked at him and asked who? He said to me,” Riniki Bhuyan Sarma said.
Himanta Biswa Sarma on May 10 took oath ad the 15th Chief Minister of Assam at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra in Guwahati. His mother Mrinalini Devi, wife Riniki Bhuyan Sarma, daughter and son were among others who witnessed the moment.
“We got married when he was an MLA and then he became a minister. I have seen how he has managed all situations. Now, he has taken the oath as the chief minister of Assam. But I will need a few more days to realise it,” Riniki Bhuyan Sarma said.
Himanta was an active student leader of All Assam Students Union (AASU) during his student life and had joined active politics in 1994.
Owing to his track record of hard work and dedication, then CM and Congress leader Hiteswar Saikia appointed him as the member secretary of the state-level advisory committee for students and youth welfare in 1994.
The committee was headed by Hiteswar Saikia and worked for the welfare of students and youth clubs in the state.
After taking charge, Himanta Biswa Sarma brought a change in students’ lives in the state in the arenas of sports, culture and literature.
Himanta fought his first assembly election from the Jalukbari constituency in 1996 but was defeated by then-powerful politician Bhrigu Kumar Phukan by a margin of 17128 votes.
His first assembly poll win came in 2001 when he secured the Jalukbari seat. His winning spree on the seat continues to date. Himanta Biswa Sarma has managed to expand his winning margin with each passing assembly poll.
In 2001, his winning margin was 10,019 votes and in the 2021 assembly election, his winning margin had increased up to 1,01,911 votes.
After taking charge as the chief minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday chaired the cabinet meeting and took several decisions, including those required to fulfil few poll promises made by the Bharatiya Janata Party during the assembly election.
His decisions also included a slew of measures to closely monitor the current Covid-19 situation in the state