A sudden patch-up between Tarun Gogoi and Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma seems to have revived the hope of Congress hardly a year ahead of the assembly polls.
Sources available with Assam Times say that the chief minister is believed to have been in constant touch with his former cabinet colleague for the last couple of days to refurbish the image of the ruling party. Even Gogoi is keen to re-induct Dr Sarma in his council of ministers shortly.
The duo have mended the differences acting on a slew of suggestions they received from the editor in chief of a satellite news channel. The top journalist is further learnt to have tapped KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi to sharpen the attack on BJP.
The former powerful minister has already started taking on Sarbananda Sonowal over the SAF Games. Dr Sarma dared Union sports minister to uplift the sports infrastructure.
According to senior party leaders, “Dr Sarma has come out to rescue the chief minister who has drawn no less criticism for his doubtful sincerity on the sports event.”
Apart from his scathing attack on BJP, the KMSS leader has also agreed to field some of his candidates to mar BJP’s poll prospects. It would take time for Akhil Gogoi to implement the strategy as the ruling party has yet to ascertain the Achilles hills.
“Once the roadmap is finalised KMSS would indirectly help us elect our candidates. His role will help us divide the anti Congress sentiments. KMSS will pull support from traditional AGP voters along with a section of people who have lost faith on BJP after the Centre’s faux pas in the Indo-Bangla land deal and big dams,” said a senior Congress leader who refused to be named.
The ruling party further hopes to strike advantage of the internal bickering in BJP apart from the non performance of the Asom Gana Parishad.
Only after these equations, the chief minister agreed to contest the next assembly polls early next year despite the age hurdle.
“If the party manages to cross the halfway mark it would be able to retain power with support from either BPF or AIUDF. Then Dr Sarma would be allowed to play a high voltage role in the Congress legislative party where dissidence is already over,” said another senior Congress leader.
Thus the ruling party is preparing a blueprint to keep BJP at bay in the next assembly polls since AGP is no longer a party to be reckoned with.
Kokrajhar: : Gurudev Kalicharan Brahma Trust observed 159th birth anniversary of Gurudev Kalicharan Brahma,founder of Brahma Dharma today at Bodoland University in Kokrajhar on Wednesday. Floral tributes offered to the portrait of Gurudev on his birth anniversary and recalled contributions of Gurudev towards tribal peoples in the state,apart from Bodo peoples. Noted educationist and authored Dr Prafulla Mahanta, Dr Anjali Daimari, Guwahati University, Padmashri (Dr) Kameswar Brahma were attended as guests on the occasion and delivered lectures on his contributions. A seminar on the topic of Gurudev Kalicharan Brahma-a multifaceted personality was also organised with Rakheswar Brahma,chairman of the GKB trust in the chair. Dr Mahanta remembered contributions of Gurudev Kalicharan Brahma,who was regarded as a person of social reformer after Srimanta Sangkardev in the state. Gurudev dedicated his life for the welfare of the social uplift, especially for down trodden communities,apart from Bodos.
The BCCI should fomally adopt surprises as a key objective now. BCCI has roped in two new contestants into the fray from absolutely nowhere, John Emburey,former English Cricketer and Graham Ford, former South African Coach.
John Emburey is delighted at the prospects while on a day when the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officially confirmed the receipt of his application for the post of Indian cricket team's coach, Graham Ford completely denied any contact with BCCI.
"I haven't had any official contact with the Indian board. But I must admit it is a huge compliment to know that my name is being discussed for the job," claimed the South African while speaking to TOI from England.
The game gets more interesting as it seems that former Sri Lankan Captain. Arjuna Ranatunga is also being considered.