BJP stalwart Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma had quit Tarun Gogoi's Congress Government in 2015 and played a key role in BJP winning 60 of the 126 seats in the 2016 polls. He had a meteoric rise in the saffron party during the last five years. In the 2016 Assembly elections, the combined vote share of the Congress and AIUDF was more than the combined vote share of the BJP and its allies,Asom Gana Parishad and Bodoland People's Front. The master mind - Dr. Sarma.
Now, in 2021 election, he played a vital role, crisscrossing Assam attending election rallies, bike rallies and 'padyatras'. On an average, he addressed three rallies a day. He himself campaigned for a full 28 days through 294 road shows, 102 public meetings, 72 km padyatras, 124 km cycle rallies and 95 constituencies which created a saffron wave in the run up to the polls.In sync with the political strategy, he was able to communicate effectively, creating a resistance amongst the local people towards the aggressive attitude of AIUDF supremo Badruddin Ajmal in Assam. He was also constantly talking about preserving Assamese culture and civilisation. "Our Namghars have to be the centre of Assamese culture and civilisation. The fight to reclaim Assam's civilisation has to begin from the holy land of Tezpur. Together, we will defeat the forces which want to destroy our Assam," he had stated in one of his rallies.
Namghars,it may be mentioned, are places for congregational worship associated with the Assamese community.
His strategy also saw the Assam BJP attacking perfume baron Ajmal, who is also a Lok Sabha member.
On the other hand, unlike the Congress guarantees, Dr Sarma's connect with people has been unparalleled. His campaign song 'Ahise Himanta Ahise' ( Himanta has arrived) has already gone viral.Known as the 'Chanakya' of northeast politics, Dr. Sarma has his work cut out for him. Aiming to retain power in Assam, the BJP had set a 'Mission 100 plus' target for 2021 Assembly polls in the state, and for this task, a huge responsibility fell on the Chanakaya of BJP ,who is active in Assam politics for the last two decades. He visited most of the Assembly constituencies in the state and also accompanied at least 17 BJP and its ally Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) candidates of different constituencies during nomination filing programmes in the last two weeks.
As part of the strategy, he also said that each vote to Congress would help Ajmal get nearer to Dispur. "The over 100-year-old Congress party has stooped to this level that they now are piggybacking Ajmal to grab power," he said. Congress had stitched a grand alliance with Ajmal-led AIUDF and six other parties, including former BJP ally Bodoland People's Front (BPF), and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), aiming to oust the BJP from power. Himanta had also slammed the AIUDF chief for promising to reopen the madrassas if the Mahajot or grand alliance wins.
In every padyatra, the elderly were seen blessing him and the young ones seeking a selfie with their beloved Mama (maternal uncle) as he is fondly called by youngsters.For his loyalists, he is always dada (elder brother). Hundreds of them followed Sarma as he walked out of Congress in 2015.