As Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his cabinet of ministers took oath on Thursday, one of Assam’s popular voice was also heard taking his oath as Minister of State. Yes, it was none other than Rameswar Teli, the second time BJP MP, who has climbed all his way to be on that dias.
But who is Rameswar Teli?
A simple, unmarried man, a man unheard of until 2001, when he contested the Assam Assembly elections as a BJP candidate for the first time and defeated the Congress bastion in the Duliajan constituency.
Teli was born to Budhu Teli (father) and Dukla Teli (mother) on August 14, 1970 in the Tipling area of Dibrugarh district of Assam.
Perhaps, it was lack of a BJP candidate in Upper Assam that landed Teli in that spot in 2001, after which there was no turning back. The former MLA retained the seat in 2006 Assembly polls, but lost it to Amiya Gogoi in 2011. The defeat, however, failed to put him down and he went to contest the 2014 LS elections from Dibrugarh as a BJP candidate against Congress’ former Union Minister Paban Singh Ghatowar, who had retained the seat for five terms since 1991.
However, in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections Rameswar Teli was chosen over Prashanta Phukan despite the latter being the real leader, as he was tangled in a RS Election controversy.
Teli is known for his ordinary lifestyle and amicable nature. His parents lived in a thatched house in Tipling, however, now he is trying to upgrade the house so that his parents need not spend a life in hardships.