Assam:Tarun Gogoi faces revolt; is Congress govt under risk?

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Guwahati, March 8: All is not well with Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and his Congress party men. In fact, the Chief Minister is facing open revolt from his own party MLAs. This is for the first time when Gogoi is finding himself in a tricky situation, during his 12-year-old rule in the state. Gogoi has been re-elected for the third time in a row in Assam Assembly Elections 2011.

The entire Congress party is divided into pro and anti Gogoi camps. The division came out in the open when pro-Gogoi camp started a signature campaign to gauge Chief Minister's strength in the party. Gogoi faced embarrassment when 20 MLAs out of 79 Congress legislators refused to put their names.

Several of Congress leaders have openly criticised Gogoi's way of running the government in the state. In fact, Gogoi's credibility has come under his own party leaders' scanner.

"The keyword is credibility and that is why people have been voting us to power election after election. If one has credibility, no one can harm him. I am living with thorns (read dissidence) all around me, but I will live because my intentions are good and God is with me. Even Sonia Gandhi likes me," Gogoi said in his address in governor's debate.

But, Gogoi supporters expressed confidence that the Chief Minister will come out victorious.

"There are more MLAs coming out to support the chief minister," a source in the Gogoi camp said.

Gogoi is likely to meet Sonia Gandhi, the UPA chairperson and Congress President in New Delhi on Friday.

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