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Kalita denies buzz over dissidence

Guwahati, April 11: Assam PCC president Bhubaneswar Kalita today refuted the reports that some of the Congress MLAs did not campaign for the party candidates contesting the Lok Sabha polls.

“I can only tell you that all 79 MLAs of the Congress are working very hard to ensure the victory of the party’s 13 candidates who are in the fray. We are very confident of winning at least 10 out of 14 seats in the state,” Kalita told the reporters at Rajib Bhawan, the Assam PCC headquarters here this evening.

There were media reports that some of the dissident Congress MLAs abstained themselves from campaigning for their party candidates, especially in Lakhimpur constituency.

Union minister Ranee Narah is contesting the polls from Lakhimpur on behalf of the Congress. Kalita categorically denied existence of any dissidence in the party.

Kalita said the so-called magic of Narendra Modi has failed to work in Assam. He said the Congress would intensify its campaign for the third phase of polls scheduled in five constituencies in the state, including Gauhati.

“We have invited Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi to campaign for the third or last phase of polls in the state,” Kalita said.