Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma is an Indian politician who has served as MLA from the Jalukbari constituency in Assam from 2001 till 2015 from Indian National Congress ticket and from May 2016 as Bharatiya Janata Party member. A former member of the Indian National Congress, Dr Sarma joined Bharatiya Janata Party in August 2015.Dr Sarma won the 2016 Assembly elections and was sworn in as Cabinet Minister on May 24, 2016. In an acknowledgement of his political capabilities, the BJP leadership appointed him the convener of the newly constituted North-East Democratic Alliance . The main Object of the alliance will be all round development of north east and better coordination among the states and Centre, according to Ram Madhav, National General Secretary of BJP.BackgroundSarma passed his High School Leaving Certificate examination from Kamrup Academy School, Guwahati in 1985 and joined Cotton College, Guwahati for further studies. He was General Secretary (GS) of Cotton College Union Society (CCUS) from 1991 to 1992. He did his graduation in 1990 and post graduation in 1992 in political science from the Cotton College, Guwahati. Sarma did LLB From Government Law College, Guwahati and obtained Ph.D degree from Gauhati University. He was practicing law at Gauhati High Court from 1996 to 2001. He is married to Riniki Bhuyan Sarma. The couple has two children Nandil & Sukanya.