India peasant leader and RTI activist Akhil Gogoi charged under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) won the election from Sivasagar (Assam) as an independent candidate and interestingly he fought his election from jail.
As the international media reports the Indian peasant leader was in jail throughout the election campaign and now as the results of Assam started coming, it has been reported that Akhil Gogoi has been elected from his constituency.
Who is Akhil Gogoi?
Akhil Gogoi is an Indian peasant leader and RTI activist from Assam. Gogoi is the founder Secretary of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS)- a left wing peasant organisation based in Assam.
Over the years he has been leading many anti-graft movements in the state. He rose to national attention after he was awarded the Shanmugam Manjunath Integrity Award in 2008 for his relentless fight against corruption.
In 2010, he was awarded the national Right to Information Award by Public Cause Research Foundation (for his role in exposing a 12.5 million scam in Sampoorna Gram Rozgar Yojna in the Golaghat district of Assam.