Assam minister's resignation: Congress says dissidence not against Rahul Gandhi

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Cong: No rebellion against Rahul Gandhi
New Delhi, July 21:  Unfazed by rebel minister Himanta Biswa Sarma's resignation, Congress on Monday said Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi enjoyed majority and dismissed suggestions that the dissidence in the state was against Rahul Gandhi.

"It is not a rebellion against Rahul at all. Whole issue is some people would not be happy with the Chief Minister. But majority are with the Chief Minister," Congress leader Kamal Nath told reporters outside Parliament House.

Nath's remarks came close on the heels of Sarma, friend- turned-foe of the Chief Minister, submitting his resignation to Governor J B Patnaik. Congress President Sonia Gandhi had sent senior leader Mallikarjun Kharge as central observer to Assam last month.

Nath: It is not a rebellion against Rahul at all

Kharge had met all party MLAs as also PCC office bearers and had submitted his report to the party President. Last week, AICC had ruled out any change in the leadership of the state ahead of the Assembly session there. Gogoi had also said in Guwahati that his government would continue.

Describing reports that Gogoi would be replaced soon as media speculation, AICC spokesman Abhishek Singhvi had last week remarked: "There is nothing in all this speculation. The high command will take a decision on the matter after studying the reports of the last few months. As of now, everything remains as it is."

PTI

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