Himanta Biswa Sarma: News

Himanta Biswa Sarma, born on February 1, 1969, in Jorhat, is an Indian politician from Assam belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). As of 2021, he is the Chief Minister of Assam. Sarma began his career at a young age when he was still pursuing a degree in law from the Government Law College, Guwahati, by taking an active part in the All Assam Students' Union (AASU). Later, he joined the Congress in 1996 and fought his first election in 2001 from Jalukbari, and won a seat in the Assam Assembly. Between 2002 and 2014, Sarma held some key portfolios (state as well as Cabinet) as Minister of State for Finance, Health, Agriculture, and Education, among others. Owing to differences with former Assam CM Tarun Gogoi, he quit all the positions in 2014 and subsequently joined the BJP in 2015. He was instrumental in the BJP's win in the 2016 Assembly elections and was made the North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) convener in the same year. He also held several key portfolios in the Cabinet of former CM Sarbananda Sonowal before being appointed as Chief Minister of Assam in 2021.

Arunachal BJP to meet today to pick new CM

Newly-elected Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmakers in Arunachal Pradesh are scheduled to meet on Wednesday in Itanagar to elect their legislative party leader.

Assam: BJP vs. BJP after losing Jorhat seat to Congress

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma is facing internal criticism from his party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), following a loss in the Jorhat Lok Sabha seat.

30 May 2024

Assam

Northeastern states isolated from mainland due to flooded railway tracks

Several northeastern states of India, including Tripura, Manipur, Mizoram, and the southern part of Assam, have been cut off from the rest of the country due to waterlogged and damaged railway tracks.

17 May 2024

Arvind Kejriwal

Swati Maliwal assault row: BJP ramps up attack on Kejriwal 

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has intensified its attack on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal following an assault complaint lodged by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Swati Maliwal.

14 May 2024

Arvind Kejriwal

AAP launches new 'washing machine' campaign to attack BJP

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday launched a new campaign—"washing machine ka kaala jaadu," to "expose the Bharatiya Janata Party's anti-corruption poll plank."

After Sam Pitroda, Adhir Ranjan's lesson in diversity backfires

Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury's attempt to back Sam Pitroda's alleged racist remarks has backfired.

08 May 2024

Jairam Ramesh

Sam Pitroda resigns as Indian Overseas Congress Chairman amid controversy

Sam Pitroda, the former chairman of the Indian Overseas Congress, has voluntarily resigned following a controversy over his racially insensitive remarks.

08 May 2024

Lok Sabha Elections

Pitroda's 'people in East look like Chinese' remark triggers row

Congress leader Sam Pitroda has sparked a new controversy with his statement in an interview with The Statesman.

24 Apr 2024

Narendra Modi

Congress distances itself from Sam Pitroda's remarks on wealth distribution 

The Congress has distanced itself from the comments made by Indian Overseas Congress Chairperson Sam Pitroda, who advocated for a "United States-like inheritance tax law" in India.

31 Mar 2024

Asom Gana Parishad

'Marry again before polls, or else...': Himanta's advice to MP 

In a jab at Muslim MP Badruddin Ajmal, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said if the former wishes to marry a "second or third wife," he should do so before the Lok Sabha elections.

24 Mar 2024

Assam

No polygamy, child marriage: Himanta Sarma's 'conditions' for Bengali-speaking Muslims 

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma laid down conditions on Saturday for the recognition of Bengali-speaking Bangladeshi Muslims as indigenous people in the state.

ECI issues transfer orders for non-cadre officers in 4 states

The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Thursday issued transfer orders for non-cadre officers serving as district magistrates and superintendents of police in Gujarat, Punjab, Odisha, and West Bengal.

12 Mar 2024

Assam

Opposition calls for state-wide shutdown in Assam against CAA 

The United Opposition Forum, Assam (UOFA), a coalition of 16 political parties led by the Congress, called for a state-wide shutdown in Assam against the implementation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA) on Tuesday.

24 Feb 2024

Assam

Step toward UCC: Assam repeals Muslim Marriage Act

In a major step toward the Uniform Civil Code (UCC), the Assam Cabinet repealed the Assam Muslim Marriage and Divorce Registration Act, 1935, on Friday.

09 Feb 2024

Mizoram

Mizoram, Assam agree to resolve colonial-era border dispute

Assam and Mizoram have agreed to make joint efforts to settle the long pending inter-state border dispute between the two states.

06 Feb 2024

Rahul Gandhi

Rahul responds to 'dog biscuit' row after Himanta's comment

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, on Tuesday, addressed the row over a viral video which shows him feeding biscuits to a puppy during his Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra.

28 Jan 2024

Rahul Gandhi

Will soon identify Rahul Gandhi's 'body double': Himanta Sarma 

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said he would soon reveal the details of the "body double" allegedly used by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi during the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in the state.

24 Jan 2024

Rahul Gandhi

'File as many...': Rahul hits out against FIRs in Assam

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday dared the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled government in Assam to file "as many cases as they can," saying he will not be intimidated.

23 Jan 2024

Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi's yatra route diverted in Guwahati to 'avoid chaos'

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was denied permission for his Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra to pass through main roads in Guwahati, Assam, as it returns from Meghalaya, Times of India reported.

22 Jan 2024

Rahul Gandhi

Denied entry to Batadrava Satra Temple in Assam: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday alleged that he is being barred from visiting the Batadrava Satra Temple in Assam, NDTV reported.

21 Jan 2024

Rahul Gandhi

Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra: Rahul Gandhi 'attacked' in Assam

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was escorted to safety inside the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra bus on Sunday after he was allegedly attacked in Assam.

20 Jan 2024

Rahul Gandhi

Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra: Assam Congress accuses BJP of vandalization

The Congress has accused Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers of vandalizing banners and posters in Assam's North Lakhimpur town to welcome the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra led by Rahul Gandhi.

29 Dec 2023

Amit Shah

Centre, Assam government, ULFA insurgents ink historic tripartite peace accord

The Centre and Assam Government have signed a historic peace deal with the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA).

27 Oct 2023

Congress Party

Criticism of Akbar 'legitimate': Himanta Biswa after ECI's show-cause notice

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma responded on Friday to the Congress's complaint to the Election Commission of India (ECI) about his recent remark targeting Chhattisgarh minister Mohammad Akbar.

19 Oct 2023

Narendra Modi

Sharad Pawar will send 'Supriya madam' to Gaza: Himanta Biswa

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma took a jibe at Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad Pawar after the latter attacked PM Narendra Modi for standing with Israel in the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.

Don't need Miya votes for 10 years: Himanta Biswa Sarma

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) doesn't need the votes of the Miya people, Bengali-speaking Muslims in Assam, for the next 10 years until they abandon fundamentalism.

03 Sep 2023

Love Jihad

'Will stop Love Jihad': Assam CM on anti-polygamy bill

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday announced plans to introduce the anti-polygamy bill in the state assembly in December to ban polygamy, the practice of marrying multiple spouses.

19 Jul 2023

Assam

Assam CM removes 'India' from Twitter bio amid opposition alliance

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday removed "India" from his Twitter bio and added "Bharat" to it.

16 Jul 2023

Arvind Kejriwal

Don't blame others: Assam CM taunts Kejriwal over Delhi floods

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday took a dig at his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal over the flood situation in the national capital.

15 Jul 2023

Asaduddin Owaisi

Owaisi responds after Himanta blames 'Miya Muslims' for vegetable prices

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) supremo and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi on Friday bashed Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for blaming Miya Muslim vendors for the soaring prices of vegetables.

14 Jul 2023

Assam

Assam on alert as Bhutan prepares to release excess water

All Assam districts bordering Bhutan are on high alert after the neighboring country informed the state government regarding its decision to release excess water from the Kurichhu Hydropower Plant on Friday.

11 Jul 2023

West Bengal

Bengal panchayat election results: TMC wins over 12,000 seats

The counting of votes for the West Bengal panchayat elections was underway amid tight security on Tuesday.

25 Jun 2023

Amit Shah

Assam floods: Situation critical, Amit Shah assures Centre's help

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday assured the Assam government of all possible assistance in dealing with the state's flood crisis.

19 May 2023

Assam

Assam: Mosque committee bans burial of drug addicts

The Moirabari Town Kabristan Committee in Assam's Morigaon district has decided not to permit and to participate in the funerals of people who died because of drug consumption or have been involved in the illegal drug trade, reported ANI.

12 May 2023

India

Assam CM forms expert committee to examine ban on polygamy

Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday said that his government has formed a four-member expert committee to examine whether a law could be enacted to end polygamy in the state.

06 May 2023

Manipur

1,000+ flee violence-hit Manipur to Assam; situation improving, say police

The violence in Manipur led to the forced inter-state migration of hundreds of people to Assam's Cachar district.

Don't blame me: Assam CM to Congress over harassment case 

Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday responded to Congress leader Randeep Surjewala's allegations that the former wanted to arrest Indian Youth Congress (IYC) National President Srinivas BV.

19 Apr 2023

Assam

Ex-Assam Youth Congress chief gets notice for 'defaming' national head 

Hours after Angkita Dutta, former Youth Congress President of Assam, accused the party's National President Srinivas BV of "sexism" and "harassment," the latter sent a criminal defamation notice to her.

01 Apr 2023

Arvind Kejriwal

Assam: CM Sarma warns Kejriwal ahead of AAP rally

Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma has warned Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal against defaming him ahead of the latter's first political rally in the state on Sunday.

17 Mar 2023

Karnataka

Closed 600 madrassas in Assam, will shut all: BJP's Himanta

Addressing the Vijay Sankalp Yatra in Belgavi district of poll-bound Karnataka, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said he has closed 600 madrassas and intends to shut all because he wants schools, colleges, and universities.

BJP's main man in Northeast, Himanta Biswa Sarma, delivers again

Assam Chief Minister and BJP's "Chanakya of the East", Himanta Biswa Sarma, has found the limelight as an elevated stalwart after guiding the party's return to power in the Northeastern states of Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Tripura.

24 Feb 2023

Pawan Khera

Khera tendered unconditional apology, says Himanta Biswa Sarma

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma claimed on Friday that senior Congress leader Pawan Khera has "tendered an unconditional apology" for his recent use of "uncivilized language" against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

23 Feb 2023

Pawan Khera

Assam Police arrest Pawan Khera soon after getting deplaned

Congress leader Pawan Khera was arrested on Thursday by the Assam Police at the Delhi airport for allegedly making disparaging remarks about Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his father during a press conference earlier this week.

21 Feb 2023

Pawan Khera

Congress's Pawan Khera mocks PM Modi's father, invites BJP's ire

After Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera allegedly mocked Prime Minister Narendra Modi's name and his father while criticizing the Centre over the Adani Group controversy, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders reacted sharply, deciding to stage a protest on Tuesday.

15 Feb 2023

Assam

Assam: Crackdown on child marriages triggers tough questions from HC

The current crackdown on child marriages in Assam has triggered piercing queries from the Gauhati High Court, which has called into question the application of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act in child marriage cases.

03 Feb 2023

Assam

Assam: Over 1,800 arrested under Child Marriage Act

In what can be described as a significant crackdown against child marriage cases in Assam by the state government, the police arrested more than 1,800 offenders on Friday.

22 Jan 2023

Assam

Assam CM Sarma gets call from Shah Rukh; Here's why

Chief Minister of Assam Himanta Biswa Sarma revealed that he spoke to Shah Rukh Khan on Sunday, hours after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader's 'Who is SRK' remark.

22 Jan 2023

Pathaan

'Pathaan' protests: Will maintain law and order, assures Assam CM

Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted on Sunday that Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has called him to express concern over the protests in Assam against his upcoming film Pathaan.

25 Nov 2022

Amit Shah

Rewrite 'distorted' history, Centre will support: Amit Shah to historians

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Amit Shah urged historians to come forward and help rewrite history in the Indian context on Thursday.

23 Nov 2022

Rahul Gandhi

'Looks like Saddam Hussein': Assam CM Sarma mocks Rahul Gandhi

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has mocked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his bearded Bharat Jodo Yatra (BJY) look.

Assam: Sadhguru, CM Himanta Sarma's Kaziranga night safari triggers row

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev's purported night safari at Kaziranga National Park has triggered a major row.

Why are RSS, BJP fighting Congress over 'burning' khaki shorts?

A tweet by the Indian National Congress (INC) triggered a major political row on Monday with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) blaming the grand old party for instigating violence

04 Aug 2022

Assam

Assam becoming center of Jihadi activities: CM Himanta Biswa Sarma

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday made a startling statement saying that the state is becoming the center of jihadi activities.

31 Jul 2022

Jharkhand

Congress MLA alleges Sarma wants to bring down Jharkhand government

A Congress MLA from Jharkhand has now revealed that his colleagues jailed in Bengal over the seizure of cash worth lakhs have urged him to accompany them to Guwahati to meet Assam Chief Minister (CM) Himanta Biswa Sarma.

20 Jul 2022

Assam

'Ya Ali' crooner Zubeen Garg sustains head injury; hospitalized

Renowned singer and music composer Zubeen Garg was admitted to a hospital in Assam's Dibrugarh town on Wednesday.

16 Jul 2022

Assam

Assam, Arunachal Pradesh sign agreement to resolve decades-old border dispute

Himanta Biswa Sarma, the chief minister of Assam, and Pema Khandu, the chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh, reached a deal on Friday to settle their long-running border dispute.

03 Jul 2022

Chennai

Assamese actor Kishor Das succumbs to cancer, dies at 30

Popular Assamese actor, model, and dancer Kishor Das is no more.

23 Jun 2022

Assam

Assam floods: Toll rises to 100, over 50 lakh affected

The floods in Assam continued to wreak havoc with 12 more people, including four children, dying on Wednesday.

22 Jun 2022

Shiv Sena

Sena rebel Shinde claims he has 40 MLAs with him

Shiv Sena's rebel MLA, Eknath Shinde, claimed on Wednesday that he has 40 MLAs with him, adding that they will carry Balasaheb Thackeray's Hindutva.

17 Jun 2022

Meghalaya

Floods kill 16, affect 11 lakh in Assam, Meghalaya

Floods have wreaked havoc in Assam and Meghalaya, killing at least 16 people as water levels in key rivers are on the rise.

09 Jun 2022

Asom Gana Parishad

Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma inducts two ministers in cabinet

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday extended his cabinet for the first time since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led coalition came to power in the state once again last year.

05 Jun 2022

Assam

My wife is innocent: Assam CM on PPE kit scam

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday threatened Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia for accusing him of corruption over the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE) kits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

03 Jun 2022

Assam

Assam PPE kit scam: Himanta Biswa Sarma's family friend involved?

In the latest update on the alleged Assam PPE kit scam, the Assam National Health Mission's (NHM) Right to Information (RTI) replies showed businessman Rajib Bora's firm received lucrative PPE kit orders in March 2020.

02 Jun 2022

Assam

Assam: CM Himanta Biswa Sarma's wife denies PPE kit scam

Riniki Bhuyan Sarma, the wife of Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, on Wednesday denied allegations of a scam by her company in the supply of PPE kits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

23 May 2022

Assam

Shutting down madrassas, bringing UCC will benefit Muslims: Assam CM

Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday said shutting down madrassas (Islamic educational institutions) and implementing Uniform Civil Code would benefit Muslims.

22 May 2022

Assam

Assam: After mob torches police station, homes of accused demolished

Bulldozers demolished the homes of "those who were involved in setting fire to the police station," police officers said, a day after a mob of 40 people set fire to a police station in Assam's Nagaon district over an alleged custodial death case of a local resident.

18 May 2022

Assam

Floods: Rain continues to batter Assam; death toll reaches 8

Floodwater entered fresh areas in Assam as incessant rainfall continued on Tuesday.

07 Apr 2022

Karnataka

Al-Qaeda won't understand uniform's importance: Assam CM on hijab video

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday said that al-Qaeda will never understand the significance of wearing uniforms in educational institutions, but Indian Muslims will.

Assam, Meghalaya sign pact to resolve 50-year-old border dispute

Assam and Meghalaya signed an agreement on Tuesday, resolving their five-decade-old border dispute in six of the twelve locations.

'Wash mouth with datun': RLD's Jayant Chaudhary slams Assam CM

Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Jayant Chaudhary on Sunday lashed out at Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma probably in response to his controversial remark about Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.

07 Feb 2022

Assam

Assam to lift COVID-19 curbs, night curfew from February 15

The Assam government on Monday decided to lift all COVID-19 restrictions and night curfews from February 15.

03 Feb 2022

Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi slams Amit Shah over 'shoe-incident', BJP hits back

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi slammed Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday in Parliament and sought an apology from him.

25 Jan 2022

Jyotiraditya Scindia

Congress crisis: Prominent leaders who left party recently

With the exit of senior Congress leader RPN Singh on Tuesday, the party has lost yet another leader from its fold days before the assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh.

12 Oct 2021

Taliban

Pro-Taliban online posts: 13 people arrested under UAPA granted bail

Thirteen people out of the 15 arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) in Assam over pro-Taliban posts on social media have been granted bail by local courts.

28 Sep 2021

Assam

Assam government to lift COVID-19 restrictions from November 1: CM

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday said his government is making efforts to revive the COVID-19 hit tourism industry by lifting restrictions from November 1 as the COVID-19 situation in Assam has considerably improved.

Aadhaar uncertainty looms large over lakhs due to NRC limbo

Over eight lakh people in Assam are struggling to get their Aadhaar enrollments done as their biometrics were frozen during the updation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

28 Aug 2021

Meghalaya

Assam Police may have instigated mob attack: Meghalaya DSP

Meghalaya's Deputy Superintendent of Police Firoz Rahman, who was severely injured in a mob attack at the state's border with Assam, alleged on Saturday the Assam Police that was "battle-ready" sensing trouble in the area did not help him when he was assaulted, which may have been the result of instigation by some of its personnel.

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