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Himanta meets CM, Dutta calls off visit

Sivasagar, May 15: Senior Congress leader and Amguri MLA Anjan Dutta said here today that he and 41 other legislators of the state, including 10 ministers, would not go to New Delhi on May 22 because health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had already pledged his support to Tarun Gogoi.

“Since the health minister has already pledged his support to chief minister Tarun Gogoi, we have decided to cancel the New Delhi programme,” Dutta said.

Sarma allegedly leads the dissident group of the Congress Legislature Party.

On Monday, Dutta sought the resignation of state minister Siddique Ahmed for anti-party activities at a news conference here where he also said a 42-member group would meet the Congress high command to brief it about the anti-party activities of a section of MLAs.

Sarma had met the chief minister after Dutta’s news conference. The Congress has 79 members in the 126-member Assembly.

Dutta said an assessment of the parliamentary poll results would be made after the counting. “Some Congress leaders had openly opposed the party candidates in the polls. Their role in the defeat of the party candidates, if any, would be assessed. Organisational weaknesses for getting less number of votes in the elections, if any, would also be taken into account,” he said.

Dutta claimed that the Congress would get at least seven Lok Sabha seats in the state and reiterated that state leadership would not be changed even if the party failed to get fewer seats.

“If the top leadership of the party resigns in the event of the Congress getting fewer seats, there would be none to lead the party,” he said.

He urged party members to stand behind the party in the time of crisis.