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Monday , December 17 , 2012
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Gogoi hints at ‘conspiracy’

- PCC meet on panchayat polls, influx

Guwahati, Dec. 16: Chief minister Tarun Gogoi today opened a can of worms by candidly confessing that conspiracies had been hatched against him, both within the party and the government.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the executive committee meeting of the PCC at Rajiv Bhawan here, Gogoi said the sole motive of the conspirators was to grab the chief minister’s chair.

Gogoi’s revelation assumes political significance in view of the ensuing panchayat poll in the state as it indicates that all is not well inside the ruling Congress.

Dates for the panchayat elections are scheduled to be announced tomorrow by the state election department.

The conspiracy charge came a day after Gogoi went public about infighting within the party. Addressing a panchayat poll rally in Barpeta district yesterday, he, however, tried to downplay the infighting by saying it was true of all big parties.

“Such conspiracy was there in the earlier regime of the Congress. Now it is against me. But I am not bothered because I have delivered the best to the people as the chief minister of a state like Assam,” Gogoi said, while admitting that his government took loans to bring about development in the state.

He said there was nothing wrong in taking loans from credible financial institutions like World Bank and Asian Development Bank to execute public welfare schemes and create modern infrastructure.

The marathon executive committee meeting, which continued for seven hours, took several important resolutions on the issues of panchayat polls, illegal migration, organisational work and economics like impact of FDI.

This is the first executive meeting after the constitution of a new committee in October. The meeting entrusted the disciplinary committee to prepare guidelines so that actions can be initiated against individuals indulging in anti-party activities and indiscipline.

Haren Das, chairperson of the PCC’s media department, said the “sense of the house” was to work unitedly to win as many panchayat seats as possible and to collectively face the various challenges the state is facing. He said both the chief minister and PCC president Bhubaneswar Kalita stressed on unity and working together for the greater interest of the party and the state.

Congress Working Committee member Hemo Prova Saikia and legislator Bhumidhar Barman spoke about working as a team at the meet.

Gogoi said all efforts would be made to find a solution to the illegal migration issue that would be widely acceptable. The meet also discussed the present situation in BTAD and the issue of seizure of illegal arms.