Nagaon, Sept. 25: The council politics of Karbi Anglong today shifted to the state capital with most elected Congress members of the council leaving for Guwahati to seek a special session with governor J.B. Patnaik.
Since Patnaik is not in Guwahati, the members will wait till he returns to submit the no-confidence letter they have prepared against Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council chief executive member Jayram Engleng. The governor is in Delhi and is expected back tomorrow evening.
“There will be a special sitting in Dispur where all the party members will discuss the situation for a third time,” a Congress source said.
Engleng left the district headquarters, Diphu, around 2.30pm. “I will reach Guwahati tonight,” he told this correspondent over phone. He, however, refused to reveal the reason behind his visit.
District Congress committee president Som Ranghang said none of the elected members of the party were in Diphu, except council chairman Dhansingh Kro.
“The Guwahati-bound members will hold another conclave to finalise their strategy before meeting the governor,” Ranghang said.
Yesterday, the Congress members had decided to move Kro for immediately holding a council session to pass the no-confidence motion against Engleng.
However, today they said they had decided to move the governor directly to save time. “We want the session immediately. Hence, we have decided to move the governor directly,” a Congress member said.
The work of the council remained suspended today because of the absence of a majority of its members.
A section of officials serving in different council departments also left for Guwahati.
“This is the last attempt to press Dispur to rescue Engleng from the crisis. If he is removed, a section of officers might leave Karbi Anglong. Most of them do not leave the hill district even under direction from the state election commission. If there is pressure, some of them pass their time in another district and return after the election process ends,” a source in the food and civil supplies department said.
The council crisis started on September 15 after 19 of the 21 Congress members (in the 29-member House) signed a no-confidence letter against Engleng.