How Himanta Biswa Sarma, a former student leader and Congress minister, rose in politics and directed BJP's popularity wave in the state
Mumbai: At 8am on the morning of the second phase of polling in Assam on 11 April, Guwahati’s usually congested roads are empty. Every few blocks, long lines of voters, who have been queuing before 6am, break the calm. Inside the drawing room of Himanta Biswa Sarma’s opulent house on Zoo Road, well-wishers wait to greet him. A Lhasa Apso soundlessly emerges from within the house to bark at the gun-toting guards outside. No one talks.