Dissidents against Gogoi's style of working

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Guwahati, Apr 26 (UNI) Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has faced serious revolt, first time in 12 years, with four dissidents meeting Congress President Sonia Gandhi against him.

Both sitting MPs Silvius Condpan and Kirip Chaliha along with former MPs Dwijendranath Sarma and Bishnu Prasad met Mrs Gandhi at New Delhi yesterday to protest against Mr Gogoi's 'style of functioning'.

However Mr Gogoi played it down and refused to take serious note of the issue when approached by mediapersons.

Though many party leaders were tightlipped on the Ms Gandhi's response, Mr Chaliha has officially confirmed their meeting.

Sources within the party said the MPs placed their grievances and suggestion to strengthen the Congress in Assam adding that the dissidents sought a total revamp of the organisational setup.

''Yes, we have declared war against Mr Gogoi,'' Mr Chaliha said promising more action in coming months.

When asked about the Congress president's reaction, he said, ''They were up beat after the meeting.The prime grouse of the Congressmen was Mr Gogoi's style of functioning and the raw deal being given to those who opposed him.'' ''Anybody who does not exhibit personal loyalty is being sidelined and concerted effort is made to belittle them,'' he added.

Significantly, the four leaders advocated a political tie up with AUDF.

Mr Gogoi had been resisting pressure within his party for an alliance with AUDF and advocating its merger with Congress.

Meanwhile, Gogoi supporters were planning a counter attack and a signature campaign against the dissident while a batch of MPs and MLAs will head for Centre soon to meet Ms Gandhi.

Sources within Congress said it would be unlikely that any change of guard would take place before the next Lok Sabha polls.


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