Idea Exchange With Sarbananda Sonowal

In naming Sarbananda Sonowal the CM candidate before the 2016 polls, BJP had broken with tradition. However, few questioned the choice of the 52-year-old leader who cut his political teeth in the AGP, after heading the All Assam Students Union for over six years. Sonowal earned the title of ‘jatiya nayak (national hero)’ for filing the PIL that led to quashing of the controversial IMDT Act. Since taking over, Sonowal has remained on solid ground despite the presence of power centres such as Himanta Biswa Sarma in his Cabinet.