Guwahati, March 20: Assam cabinet minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, seen to be leading the anti-Tarun Gogoi camp, today vehemently denied any plan to leave the Congress.
Sarma, who has been interacting of late only through tweets on political issues involving him, clarified his position by asserting his loyalty to the party and also blasting those planting news against him. Sarma’s four tweets today read (in random order): “Honble CM has announced in media after meeting with Rahulji that Congress is not thinking of alliance with UDF. I am feeling like crying in joy…” He also said: “For us Party is more important then power.” Then, “We are all hardcore Congress workers and gave our entire youth for d party. Not a single MLA will think of joining any party for power” and “Planting news is one of d most cowardice act. None of 79 Congress MLAs of Assam even in their dream will think of leaving Congress.”
His tweets created a bit of flutter with Congress insiders asking what prompted him to issue such a clarification which incidentally comes a day before the resumption of the ongoing Assembly session.
Most party insiders feel Sarma’s open opposition to AICC’s move for an electoral alliance with the AIUDF in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, an issue which was discussed between Rahul Gandhi and state MPs yesterday and the state leadership today, could have triggered reports about Sarma leaving the party. Gogoi, while denying discussing the dissension issue with Rahul Gandhi this evening, said there has been no decision on any electoral tie-up with AIUDF, whose chief Badruddin Ajmal today said that they will be going it alone in the polls.