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POLITICIANS FROM ASSAM

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The ruling party of Assam in the last decade is INDIAN NATIONAL CONGRESS. The Chief Minister of Assam is Tarun Gogoi from Congress.

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Tarun Kumar Gogoi (Assamese: তৰুণ কুমাৰ গগৈ) (born April 1, 1936) is the Chief Minister of the state of Assam in India. Gogoi was born on the Rangajan tea estate in the Jorhat district of Assam.He was a student of Jorhat Government Boys School. He did his graduation from J B College, Jorhat and LL.B from Gauhati University. In 1971, Gogoi was elected to the 5th Lok Sabha from Jorhat constituency.In 1976, he became the Joint Secretary of All India Congress Committee. He was re-elected to the 6th Lok Sabha in 1977 from the same constituency. Then again, he was re-elected to the 7th Lok Sabha in 1983 from Jorhat. For the 4th time, he was elected to the 10th Lok Sabha in 1991 from Kaliabor constituency. During 1991-93, he was the Union Minister of Food (Independent Charge). From 1993 to 1995, he held the portfolio of Food Processing Industry as the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge). During 1996-98, he was elected Member of Assam Legislative Assembly from Margherita Constituency. He was elected as a member of Parliament for the fifth time in 1998 to the 12th Lok Sabha from Kaliabor. Again in 1999, Gogoi was re-elected to the 13th Lok Sabha from the same constituency. On 17 May 2001, he assumed the Office of Chief Minister, Assam.In 2006 with the Congress party coming to power in Assam for the second consecutive time, Gogoi got another tenure as the Chief Minister. In the first part of 2010, Tarun Gogoi's government faced heavy criticism for its alleged involvement in a multi-thousand crore financial scam in the North Cachar Hill District of Assam. He is also highly criticised for not taking any action against the alleged ministers and for remaining a silent spectator in the whole issue. Mr.Gogoi has brought about immense success in developmental politics, and succeded in maintaining law and order in Assam with the number of terror strikes dwindling by the day. during the ninetees ,when the AGP was in power in assam, people did not dare to venture out once it was dark. Presently, all shops and restaurants are open to the public till late night. He has also succeded in fastening the peace process with the insurgent groups,esecially ULFA which took place in 2011, a long overdue. Tarun Gogoi, known to be a clean politician, has been lambasted by the opposition parties for not being able to take stringent measures against the alleged persons behind the recent scams with a total amount more than Rs. 10,000 crores. His hand in these scams has also been suspected. An RTI activist Akhil Gogoi has accused him of amassing wealth to the tune of crores in the U.S. He has filed a defamation suit against these allegations.

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Prafulla Kumar Mahanta (born 1954) was the leader of the Assam Movement, a former Chief Minister of Assam (two terms) and belongs to the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), a major political party in the Indian state of Assam.He became the youngest ever chief minister of India when the AGP came to power in 1985. He served as the chief minister of the state for two terms, (1985–1990) and (1996–2001), and was one of the youngest chief minister's in the country's history. He is a former president of the All Assam Students Union, a student organization that spearheaded the Assam Movement between 1979 and 1985. In August 2005, his membership in the AGP was terminated and he floated a new political party, Asom Gana Parishad (Progressive), on September 15, 2005. Despite allegations levelled against him specially on the secret killings as pointed by the Saikia Commission, his need in the Asom Gana Parishad was largely felt before the Lok Sabha Elections 2009 to fill the lacuna of leadership.He was reinducted into the AGP after the AGP(Progressive) was dissolved during the Presidentship of Chandra Mohon Patowary. Prafulla Kumar Mahanta has again become an integral part of the party. In a recent interview on NDTV 24*7 in Walk the Talk with Shekhar Gupta, Editor-in-Chief, The Indian Express, Prafulla Mahanta has clearly said-" For the sake of the integrity and security of India, we are ready to take any blame.If the insurgent groups attack our forces, then they(the security forces) must have the right to respond. However the charge against me on extra judicial killings of the ULFA sympathisers is to malign my image." In the same interview he has also pointed finger to some unknown agncies of the Congress Party for conspiring some massacres during the Assam Movement in the early eighties. On September 4, 2010 he was unanimously elected as the Leader of Opposition in the Assam Legislative Assembly. Besides the chief minister of the state, Prafulla Mahanta is still regarded as the other most powerful and influential politician of Assam.

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