By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Dec 2: Reacting to Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi terming the State BJP leaders as spineless, tiol BJP secretary and Mangaldai MP Ramen Deka today opted to take the bull by the horns.
In a statement issued to the press today, Deka said: “Gogoi had to step down as a Union minister following an order sent through a fax message. This makes one gauge what sort of a backbone Gogoi has. Gogoi did say at that time that he had to step down as a minister as he had no lust for power. That’s not only laughable, but mockery of truth as well. It was Gogoi’s lust for power that made him drop a number of senior ministers from his Cabinet, besides passing immodest comments against two State party president in public. The people of Assam haven’t forgot all such incidents as yet.”
Meanwhile, gaon MP Rajen Gohain today met Prime Minister rendra Modi in New Delhi. Party sources said that Gohain met the Prime Minister on party matters.
Meanwhile, the infighting in the State BJP after the announcement of the lists of probable candidates for the four Guwahati LACs has reached its peak when the supporters of Amar Shankar Poddar gheraoed Atal Behari Vajpayee Bhavan yesterday. Poddar is a BJP ticket aspirant from West Guwahati LAC. The ruckus over the panels has been reported to the party high command.
Meanwhile, the me of Himanta Biswa Sarma topping the list of probable candidates in Jalukbari LAC has also been discussed among a section of party leaders.
On the other hand, the nine MLAs who joined the BJP from the Congress recently have also sought tickets now. According to sources, while Pallab Lochan Das has sought ticket from Behali, Pijush Hazarika has sought from Roha and Jagiroad LACs, Pradhan Baruah from Dhemaji, Rajen Borthakur from Tezpur, Binda Saikia from Sipajhar, Jayanta Mallah from lbari, Kripath Mallah from Ratabari, Abu Taher Bapeari from Golokganj and Bolin Chetia from Sadiya.
When asked, Jayanta Mallah admitted that the nine MLAs have sought BJP tickets for the Assembly polls. On the issue of the Assam Legislative Assembly’s notice asking them to explain, he said: “We’ll quit as and when the BJP leader will ask us to do so.”