22 September, 2020

Yes, He Did It / No, He Did Knot

Former Assam CM Prafulla Kumar Mahanta faces his worst crisis ever, and it's not even political. It's to do with a lady called Sanghamitra.

Yes, He Did It / No, He Did Knot
August 15 holds special significance in former chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta's life. On this day he had signed the famous Assam Accord with Rajiv Gandhi in 1985 amidst high hopes. The accord and his subsequent meteoric rise to power had elevated Mahanta almost to a demi-god status in the eyes of the people in Assam. Sixteen years later, August 15 has turned out to be the most difficult day in his life. This was the day Sadin—a widely circulated language weekly tabloid—dropped a bombshell in the guise of a

tell-it-all interview with Sanghamitra Bharali, an assistant language officer in the Assam assembly secretariat, who claimed that she had married Mahanta in a secret ceremony in Mumbai.

Although the former chief minister flatly denied the claim, Sanghamitra's 'confession' triggered a massive personal as well as political crisis for Mahanta who has been married to Jayashree, a former MP herself, for the past 13 years. The two of them have three children. More than a week after Sanghamitra went to town about her 'marriage', the reverberations can still be...


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