first_imgSonowal left the AGP in January 2011 followingSonowal left the AGP in January 2011 following differences with the party leadership and went on to join the BJP in February 2011 in the presence of then party President Nitin Gadkari and other senior leaders.He went on to become the BJP state unit President in 2012 and was credited with raising the partys tally to seven from the earlier four and reducing the Congress margin to three from seven in the 2014 Parliamentary polls.Sonowal has been also credited with making inroads for the party in erstwhile Congress bastion of the tea districts of Upper Assam by ensuring party wins in Dibrugarh and Jorhat parliamentary constituencies.He, himself, wrested the Lakhimpur constituency from former Union Minister Ranee Narah of the Congress and was made the Union Minister of State for Sports and Youth Development.He also played a key role in ensuring the hosting of the South Asian Games (SAG) in Guwahati and Shillong.Sonowal, who belongs to the Sonowal-Kachari tribe, has contested this assembly polls from Majuli, the worlds largest river island and the seat of Vaishnavite culture.Born on October 31, 1962 in Molokgaon in Dibrugarh district to Jibeswar Sonowal and Dineswari Sonowal, he is a bachelor and a devout follower of Assams renowned Vaishnav saints Sankardeva and Madhavdeva.An ardent sportsman, the Union Sports Minister is a keen follower of football, cricket and badminton. PTI DG GSN GSNlast_img read more