Princess Sarala

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Her Royal Highness
Princess Sarala of Purvanchal
GColL DGV C1KP GKOP GCTC MFK NSM PC
Portrait of Princess Sarala
Princess Regent of Purvanchal
Assumed office
6 February 2021
Monarch Dhrubajyoti Roy
Prime Minister of Vishwamitra
In office
12 April - 5 July 2017
President Dhrubajyoti Roy
Predecessor Dhrubajyoti Roy
Successor Tanishkaa Patranabish
In office
6 December 2016 - 11 April 2016
President Dhrubajyoti Roy
Tanishkaa Patranabish
Predecessor Tanishkaa Patranabish
Successor Dhrubajyoti Roy
In office
21 May - 27 December 2014
President Dhrubajyoti Roy
Self
Predecessor Dhrubajyoti Roy
Successor Dhrubajyoti Roy
Personal information
Born May 14, 2005 (2005-05-14) (age 15)
Assam, India
Nationality Indian
Relations Dhrubajyoti Roy (first cousin),
Tanishkaa Patranabish (first cousin),
Princess Anoushkaa (first cousin)
Religion Hinduism

Princess Sarala also known as Sarala Baishya, is a senior Vishwamitran politician and a member of the extended Purvanchali Royal Family and a first-cousin of the Rashtradhyaksh Dhrubajyoti Roy and Tanishkaa Patranabish. A former head of state of the nation, she had served as the President of the Children's Group between 15 July 2014 and 6 December 2015 and again between 13 December 2016 and 11 April 2017. She currently serves as the Regent of Purvanchal since February 2021.

Career

She became a citizen of the Children's Group in 2010 and rose into prominence in a short period. Following the 2012 General election, she was inducted into the union council of ministers under Prime Minister Dhrubajyoti Roy and was assigned the duties of the Minister of Finance. Her induction into the council of ministers became a matter of loggerhead between her and Tanishkaa Patranabish, who was moved from the finance ministry to the education ministry in order to induct her.

She became the Prime Minister for the first time in 2014 following Dhrubajyoti Roy's announcement not to contest the general election, which led to straight forward election and legacy battle between her and Tanishkaa Patranabish. In the election, she defeated Tanishkaa Patraabish and was able to become the third prime minister of the nation on 21 May 2014. It was under her administration that the first constitution was implemented. However, her tenure was cut short following her resignation from the premiership on 27 November 2014 after a long controversial fight between her and her rival, Tanishkaa Patranabish for a battle of legacy for the power-share within the nation. It was in the same year, on 15 July, that she contested the presidential elections after incumbent President Dhrubajyoti Roy decided to relinquish the duties of the presidency following the expiration of his two year tenure. She was able to win the election and was sworn in as the third president of the nation. She was the second individual in the nation to hold the offices of the head of state and head of government at the same time.

With Tanishkaa Patranabish being named as the fourth prime minister on 22 February 2015, she was appointed as the finance minister in the government. She, however, continued to be the president of the nation though the executive duties were vested on the prime minister. She finally stepped down as the president on 6 December 2015 with the implementation of a new constitution which ensued for fresh elections to the offices of the president and the prime minister. She unsuccessfully re-contested the election to the office of the president against Dhrubajyoti Roy and was defeated by him. She was appointed as the prime minister for a second term on 6 December 2015 after a post-poll understanding between the two leaders. She continued to be the prime minister until her defeat in the 2016 general elections, which was a turning event in the political history of the nation when multi-party democracy was introduced.

Following her defeat and stepping down as the prime minister, she was appointed as the Minister of Provident Fund in the government under prime minister Dhrubajyoti Roy on 11 April 2016 and simultaneously as the Deputy Speaker of the lower house of the parliament. She stepped from both positions on 10 July 2016 and formed her own political party, the Independent Party. She also unsuccessfully contested the May 2016 presidential elections against incumbent president Tanishkaa Patranabish. She was named as the first Governor of the Federal Bank on 10 July 2016 and served on that position until her appointment as a state governor. On 18 September 2016, the government under Dhrubajyoti Roy issued the notification of the creation of federal provinces and territories in the nation, following which she was appointed as the first Lieutenant Governor of the territory of Central Guwahati, a position which she held till 13 December 2016. She again unsuccessfully contested the presidential elections in October 2016 against then deputy prime minister Anoushkaa Patranabish for the office of the president.

Princess Sarala was named as the Crown Princess of Purvanchal by her first cousin and Rajpramukh of Purvanchal, Dhrubajyoti Roy on 6 February 2021. Soon after her appointment as the Crown Princess, she was appointed as the Princess Regent of Purvanchal[1], in order to discharge the functions of the monarch of Purvanchal in his absence as the constitution does not allow a simultaneous reign as the monarch of Vishwamitra and the ruler of the monarch's home state. She was also named as the Grand Mistress of the royal orders of Purvanchal, namely the Royal Family Order of Purvanchal and the Order of the Territorial Crown of Purvanchal.

Titles, styles and honours

  • 14 May 2005 - 22 May 2012: Miss Sarala Baishya
  • 22 May 2012 - 21 May 2014: The Honourable Sarala Baishya
  • 21 May 2014 - 7 June 2020: Her Excellency Sarala Baishya
  • 8 June 2020 - 6 February 2021: Her Serene Highness Princess Sarala
  • 6 February 2021 - present: Her Royal Highness The Princess Regent of Purvanchal

National honours

Federal honours and decorations

Country Date conferred Decoration Ribbon Post-nominals
letters
 Vishwamitra 15 April 2021 – Grand Collar of the Most Honourable Order of the Lotus Order of the Lotus - GColL - ribbon.svg GColL
12 February 2021 – Dame Grand Cordon of the Most Excellent Order of the Vishwamitra Order of the Vishwamitra - Knight Grand Cordon (ribbon).svg KGV
23 January 2021 Commander First Class of the Most Gallant Order of Mahabali Karthika Padaka Order of Mahabali Karthika Padaka - Commander First Class.svg C1KP
4 August 2019 – 7 June 2020 Dame of the Most Noble and Most Auspicious Order of the Commonwealth Order of the Commonwealth (Friends Society) - Ribbon.svg KC
23 July 2017 – 7 June 2020 Recipient of the Friends Society Ratna Friends Society Ratna - Ribbon.svg FSR
27 January 2016 – 7 June 2020 Recipient of the Padma Ratna Padma Ratna - Ribbon.svg PR
17 April 2018 – 7 June 2020 Recipient of the Bhushan Ratna Bhushan Ratna - Ribbon.svg BR
15 April 2015 – 7 June 2020 Recipient of the Shri Ratna Shri Ratna - Ribbon.svg SR
15 April 2021 – Recipient of the National Service Medal National Service Medal (Vishwamitra) - ribbon.svg NSM
30 April – 7 June 2020 Recipient of the Medal "For Services to National Leader II" Medal for services to National Leader II - Ribbon.svg
3 May – 7 June 2020 Recipient of the Investiture Medal of National Leader III Investiture Medal of National Leader III - Ribbon.svg

Provincial and territorial honours

Country Date conferred Decoration Ribbon Post-nominals
letters
 Purvanchal 6 February 2021 – Grand Mistress of the Most Noble Royal Family Order of Purvanchal Royal Family Order of Purvanchal - Grand Knight or Dame - ribbon.svg GKOP
Grand Mistress of the Most Honourable Order of the Territorial Crown of Purvanchal Order of the Territorial Crown of Purvanchal - Grand Commander - ribbon.svg GCTC
 Kamrupa 22 March 2021 – Member of the Most Esteemed Order of the Royal Family of Kamrupa Order of the Royal Family of Kamrupa - Member - ribbon.svg MFK
 Cangun Llus 1 May 2021 – Member of the Most Honourable Order of the Heron Ribbon bar of the Order of the Heron.svg MOH

Foreign honours

Country Date conferred Decoration Ribbon Post-nominals
letters
 Huai Siao 27 March 2021 – First Class of the Most Exalted Order of the Dragon Pearl แพรแถบเครื่องราชอิสริยาภรณ์มังกรคาบไข่มุกชั้นหนึ่ง(Huai Siao).png อ.ม
 Queensland 28 April 2021 – Lady Grand Cross of the Most Illustrious Order of the Saint Michael and Saint Olav Order of the Queensland - Ribbon.svg LGMO