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Nagaon, Sept. 18: There was no let up in the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council crisis today, with its chief executive member Jayram Engleng refusing to resign from the post as demanded by the Congress members in the council.
Engleng told this correspondent here last night that he would not resign until the conditions he had laid before the parliamentary committee on Sunday, were fulfilled.
“I am among the 21 elected Congress members and will remain a dedicated party worker. In Sunday’s conclave, I was advised to resign by the party following a written no-confidence letter of the elected members where there were some allegations levelled against me. At the meeting everybody admitted the allegations are baseless and I was assured that all these will be formally withdrawn at the earliest. Only then I will resign,” Engleng said.
A source in the Karbi Anglong Congress said a section of party leaders in the district feel that the UPA government’s decision on Telangana and the reaction to the decision in the hill districts are incidents which are harmful for the party before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Engleng refused to comment on these issues.
The move against Engleng started on Friday after 17 elected members of the Congress started a revolt against the chief executive member. On Saturday, two new members joined the group against Engleng and their letter to party president Sum Ranghang prompted the latter to call a parliamentary committee meeting on Sunday.
“During our Sunday meeting, the members asked Engleng to step down and he agreed to do that. There is no black and white allegations against Engleng and we need not feel that we have anything to do before getting his resignation,” Ranghang said over phone on Monday.
A source in Karbi Anglong unit of the Congress said there is a parallel division among the elected members on the issue of chief executive member. A section of council members want no change of the CEM at least before the Lok Sabha poll as that, they think, could harm the party. That section is putting pressure on the PCC to take steps as mediator so that any development in the council will not harm the party’s organisational set up, the source said.
A council source today said that communication gap among party leadership could be the reason behind the new crisis and very soon all these issues would end.
The council source said lack of coordination among senior leaders causes a communication gap and that leads to this type of crisis.
Council chairman Dhansingh Kro said that till now he has not been pressed from any council source to call a session. “It is the governor who will direct me to call a session. I will do as directed by him,” Kro said today.