Prafulla Kumar Mahanta
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Prafulla Kumar Mahanta (born 23 December 1952) is an Indian Politician who was the leader of the Assam Movement, a former Chief Minister of Assam (two terms) and the President of the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), a major political party in the Indian state of Assam. He became the chief minister in the state when the AGP came to power in 1985 becoming the youngest Chief Minister of an Indian state.
Prafulla Kumar Mahanta
|Member of Legislative Assembly |
|Assumed office |
|Preceded by||Girindra Kumar Baruah|
|Member of Legislative Assembly|
|Preceded by||Mukut Sharma|
|Succeeded by||Mukut Sharma|
|Constituency||Nowgong Sadar Assembly Constituency|
|14th Chief Minister of Assam|
15 May 1996 – 17 May 2001
|Preceded by||Bhumidhar Barman|
|Succeeded by||Tarun Gogoi|
24 December 1985 – 28 November 1990
|Preceded by||Hiteswar Saikia|
|Succeeded by||President's Rule|
|President, Asom Gana Parishad|
26 April 2012 – 14 July 2014
|Preceded by||Chandra Mohan Patowary|
|Succeeded by||Atul Bora|
December, 1985 – 6 September 2001
|Preceded by||Position Established|
|Succeeded by||Brindaban Goswami|
|Born||23 December 1952|
Uluoni, Assam, India
|Political party||Asom Gana Parishad|
|Spouse(s)||Dr. Joyasree Goswami Mahanta|
|Children||Two sons & One daughter|
|Alma mater||Gauhati University (B.sc.), Gauhati University (LLB)|
He served as the chief minister of the state for two terms, 1985–1990 and 1996–2001. He is a former president of the All Assam Students Union, an organization that spearheaded the Assam Movement between 1979–1985. In August 2005, his membership in the AGP was terminated. He floated a new political party, Asom Gana Parishad (Progressive) on 15 September 2005.
Despite allegations of secret killings he organized against families of ULFA members, documented in the report by the Saikia Commission to the Assam Assembly, Mahanta was missed from political leadership in the state. He was reinducted into the AGP after the AGP (Progressive) was dissolved during the Presidency of Chandra Mohan Patowary, and regained a prominent position in the party.
"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."
Aside from the current chief minister of the state, Mahanta is regarded as the most powerful and influential politician of Assam.
On 21 October 2013, representatives from eleven political parties of the North-east region met to form a new political front, the North-East Regional Political Front (NERPF), to protect the interests of the region's people. Mahanta was appointed the front's chief adviser.
On 14 July 2014 he resigned as president of Asom Gana Parishad after its debacle in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
- MEMBER OF LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY (M.L.A.), ASSAM
- "Former Assam CM Prafulla Kumar Mahanta resigns as AGP chief". IANS. news.biharprabha.com. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
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