Sarbananda Sonowal

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Sarbananda Sonowal
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Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports
Incumbent
Assumed office
26 May 2014
President Pranab Mukherjee
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Vice President Hamid Ansari
Incumbent Sarbananda Sonowal
Minister of State-Skill Development
In office
26 May 2014 – 09 November 2014
President Pranab Mukherjee
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Vice President Hamid Ansari
Minister of State-Entrepreneurship
In office
26 May 2014 – 09 November 2014
President Pranab Mukherjee
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Vice President Hamid Ansari
Member of the India Parliament
for Lakhimpur
Incumbent
Assumed office
2014
Member of Parliament
Dibrugarh
In office
2004–2009
Member of Legislative Assembly
In office
2001–2004
Constituency Moran
President-All Assam Students Union (AASU)
In office
1992–1999
Chairman (NESO)
In office
1994–2004
Personal details
Born (1962-10-31) 31 October 1962 (age 52)
Dinjan, Dibrugarh, Assam
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Religion Hinduism

Sarbananda Sonowal born in 1962 in Dinjan Dibrugarh Assam.He is currently the Union Minister of State-Independent Charge for Sports & Youth Affairs for the Republic of India from BJP, Lakhimpur Constituency Assam, India. He has previously served as The State President for BJP Assam Pradesh.[1] He is also a National Executive Member of the BJP. Sonowal was the president of the All Assam Students Union (AASU) from 1992 to 1999. He is currently a Member of the 16th Lok Sabha, representing the Lakhimpur constituency in Assam. Until January 2011, he was a member of the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) political party but later joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He is popularly known as a firebrand and dynamic youth politician, also regarded as a Jatiya Nayak of Assam, a title given by the AASU, the oldest student body of the state.[2]

Biographical data[edit]

Sarbananda Sonowal resigned from all executive posts within AGP and left the party, due to dissatisfaction with and amongst the senior leadership of the party who were trying to forge an alliance with a party that was against the scrapping of the controversial IMDT Act.[citation needed] On 8 February 2011, Sonowal joined BJP in the presence of the then BJP National President Nitin Gadkari and senior leaders like Varun Gandhi, Vijay Goel, Bijoya Chakravarty and state BJP president Ranjit Dutta. He was immediately appointed as a member of the BJP National Executive and later on the State Spokesperson of the BJP unit, prior to his current assignment to head the state as the new president.

Positions held[edit]

2001-2004: Elected as MLA, Assam Legislative Assembly from Moran Constituency 2004: Elected as Member of Parliament, 14th Lok Sabha from Dibrugarh Constituency 2005: Appointed Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Home Affairs 2006: Appointed Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Commerce & Industry 2011: Appointed as National Executive Member of-Bharatiya Janata Party 2011: Appointed as State Spokesperson and General Secretary for Assam Bharatiya Janata Party 2012: Appointed as State President for Assam Bharatiya Janata Party 2014: Appointed to head State's 16th Lok Sabha Elections Assam Bharatiya Janata Party 2014: Elected as Member of Parliament, 16th Lok Sabha from Lakhimpur Constituency 2014: Appointed as Union Minister of State-Independent Charge, Republic of India [3]

Social and cultural activities[edit]

President - All Assam Students Union, 1992–1999 Chairman - North East Students Organisation, 1996–2000

Sports and clubs[edit]

Football, Cricket and Badminton.

Role removing the IMDT Act[edit]

Faced with the problem of massive migration from Bangladesh into Assam, the government tried to put up legislation in place to detect and deport foreign nationals. Eventually, the Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunal) Act, 1983 (IMDT Act) came into being following the Assam Accord signed between the Government of India and the All Assam Students Union (AASU) to end the decade-long anti-foreigner agitation.

The IMDT Act is an instrument passed by Indian Parliament when there was no MP elected from Assam, to detect illegal immigrants (from Bangladesh) and expel them from Assam. While the IMDT Act operates only in Assam, the Foreigners Act (1946) applies to the rest of the country. It is applicable to those Bangladeshi nationals who settled in Assam on or after March 25, 1971. Under the Act, the onus of proving the citizenship of a suspected illegal alien rests on the complainant, often the police. On the other hand, according to the provisions of the Foreigners Act, the onus lies with the person suspected to be an alien.

Sarbananda Sonowal took the issue of Bangladeshi infiltration to the Supreme Court. By its judgement dated July 12, 2005, the court struck down the Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunals) Act, 1983, as unconstitutional and termed Bangladeshi infiltration an "external aggression" and directed that "the Bangladesh nationals who have illegally crossed the border and have trespassed into Assam or are living in other parts of the country have no legal right of any kind to remain in India and they are liable to be deported."[4]

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