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The four-time BJP MP from Assam is a known champion for the cause of small tea growers in the Northeastern state.
Gohain, 65, who was first elected to Lok Sabha in 1999 from Nagaon, is a law graduate and was actively involved in the six-year-long Assam agitation against illegal immigrants in early 1980s.
He belongs to the Ahom community like former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and his induction into the Modi Ministry could be an attempt by the BJP to penetrate into this community, traditionally known as Congress supporters.
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Despite Nagaon being a minority dominated constituency, Gohain was elected to the Lower House for four consecutive term.
“I will try my level best to serve the people of Assam. I request the people of Assam to be with me in this journey,” Gohain said.
He has been a leading figure in Assam to fight for the cause of small tea garden owners, who often allege discrimination by big tea companies.
A state-level hockey player in his school days, Gohain was also a long-distance runner.
He is Chairperson, Parliamentary Committee on Welfare of Other Backward Classes.