Guwahati, Sept. 21: Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi today said he would convene a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party soon to discuss various demands and grievances of party legislators.
The chief minister’s statement came less than 24 hours after legislators belonging to the anti-Gogoi camp formally moved parliamentary affairs minister Nilamani Sen Deka last night demanding an immediate CLP meeting to discuss problems confronting party legislators.
The CLP, which has 79 members, is divided between the camps headed by Gogoi and health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. Though the anti-Gogoi camp does not have the required number of legislators on its side to press the demand for convening the meeting, the chief minister said he would convene it.
“If a section of MLAs want the meeting to express their grievances, I do not have any problem. Even if they want a change of chief minister, I do not have much to comment. The Congress is a very disciplined party. If party chief Sonia Gandhi asks me to quit the post of chief minister, I will do so immediately,” Gogoi told reporters this evening after a meeting of the Assam PCC executive committee at Rajiv Bhawan here. He even received a shot in the arm with the PCC political resolution backing him on his handling of the statehood issue.
The government’s declaration of elections to the Mising and Sonowal Kachari autonomous councils also found PCC backing.
The chief minister, while stating that there were no immediate plans for a reshuffle of his ministry, said various political and organisational issues were discussed during the PCC meeting.
He criticised the BJP for its divisive politics and claimed that he was more successful as chief minister than Narendra Modi — BJP’s PM candidate.