Nagaon, Oct. 5: The Dima Hasao unit of the Congress has moved the PCC with a list of 11 elected council members who intend to join the party.
The 11 include seven leaders of the dissolved Dimasa militant outfits who were elected either as Independents or as candidates of Dilip Nunisa-led Dima Hasao Dal.
The former militant leaders include Mihir Gorlosa, alias Joel Gorlosa, Niranjan Hojai, Phaiprang Dimasa and Debojit Bathari, alias David.
The four are originally from the DHD (J) faction.
Three former members of the Dilip Nunisa faction DHD leaders include Thaitshodao Thaosen, Omendu Hojai and Biswajit Daulogupu.
The president of the Dima Hasao Congress Committee, Mahendra Kemprai, said they had received the letters from these elected council members and later asked them to furnish resignation letters.
“They produced all documents before us. We handed the file over to PCC chief Bhubaneswar Kalita. We will include the seven militant leaders and three others within us if PCC instructs us to do that,” Kemprai said.
Kalita, in a recent interview with The Telegraph, said PCC does not like to interfere in autonomous council-level subjects.
“The two hill district autonomous councils have their own body and these are empowered to take decisions of their own,” Kalita had said.
In the 28-member Dima Hasao council, the strength of the Congress is 11.
Debojeet Thaosen-led council retained power in the hill district council as five dissident party workers elected as Independent candidates returned to the party on the day of announcement of results (May 24, 2013).
Those who are in the Opposition include five members who are originally from the Joel-led faction, three from the Nunisa-led faction and four non-Dimasa members elected as candidates backed by the Indigenous Peoples Party (IPP). The council has two nominated members. If the 11 members are accepted by the Congress, then IPP founder Arthong Lengthang will be the only non-Congress member in the 11th Dima Hasao autonomous council.
Meanwhile, a high-level council source today said four of the 11 non-Congress elected members had offered unconditional support to the Thaosen-led council in writing on May 29.