Prafulla Kumar Mahanta

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Prafulla Kumar Mahanta
Member of Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
Preceded by Girindra Kumar Baruah
Constituency Barhampur
Member of Legislative Assembly
In office
Preceded by Mukut Sharma
Succeeded by Mukut Sharma
Constituency Nowgong Sadar Assembly Constituency
14th Chief Minister of Assam
In office
15 May 1996 – 17 May 2001
Preceded by Bhumidhar Barman
Succeeded by Tarun Gogoi
In office
24 December 1985 – 28 November 1990
Preceded by Hiteswar Saikia
Succeeded by President's Rule
President, Asom Gana Parishad
In office
26 April 2012 – 14 July 2014
Preceded by Chandra Mohan Patowary
Succeeded by Atul Bora
In office
December, 1985 – 6 September 2001
Preceded by Position Established
Succeeded by Brindaban Goswami
Personal details
Born (1952-12-23) 23 December 1952 (age 64)
Uluoni, Nagaon, Assam
Political party Asom Gana Parishad
Spouse(s) Dr. Jayshree Mahanta
Children Two sons & One daughter
Residence Guwahati, Assam

Prafulla Kumar Mahanta (born 1951) in Nagaon district in Assam, 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.[1] He became the chief minister in the state when the AGP came to power in 1985.[2]

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, a student organization that spearheaded the Assam Movement between 1979 and 1985. In August 2005, his membership in the AGP was terminated. He floated a new political party, Asom Gana Parishad (Progressive), on September 15, 2005.

Despite allegations about secret killings he organized against families of ULFA members, as documented in the report by the Saikia Commission to the Assam Assembly, he was missed from political leadership in the state. He was re-inducted into the AGP after the AGP (Progressive) was dissolved during the Presidency of Chandra Mohan Patowary. Prafulla Kumar Mahanta has been taken back as an integral part of the party.

In a 2010 interview on NDTV in Walk the Talk with Shekhar Gupta, Editor-in-Chief, The Indian Express, Prafulla Mahanta 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."[3]

In the same interview he said that unknown agencies of the Congress Party had conspired in 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.

Aside from the current chief minister of the state, Prafulla 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 came together to form a new political front titled the North-East Regional Political Front (NERPF) to protect the interest of the people of the region. Mahanta was appointed as the chief adviser of this front.[4]

On July 14, 2014 he resigned as the President of Asom Gana Parishad after its debacle in the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections.[1]

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