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Amid reports of defection, Congress MPs, MLAs hold closed-door meet in Guwahati

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Amid reports of defection, Congress MPs, MLAs hold closed-door meet in Guwahati

GUWAHATI:

Assam Congress

on Wednesday called all its MPs and MLAs for a closed-door meeting here to chalk out the party’s strategy to counter

BJP

in the 2021 Assam elections amid reports that some MLAs and senior party leaders may join the saffron party when Union home minister Amit Shah visits Assam on December 26.

Reports are doing the rounds that two MLAs from upper Assam constituencies of Golaghat and Sarupathar — Ajanta Neog and Roselina Tirkey, respectively — will join BJP soon. Neog, a powerful Congress leader from the upper Assam, did not attend the four-hour meeting held in a city hotel.

Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (

APCC

) president Ripun Bora told reporters that 18 Congress MLAs and four MPs from the party attended the meeting, where three newly appointed All India Congress Committee (

AICC

) secretaries for Assam — Anirudh Singh, Vikas Upadhyay and Prithviraj Prabhakar Sathe — were present. Congress interim president

Sonia Gandhi

last Saturday appointed three secretaries to assist the party in-charge for Assam Jitendra Singh. “Ajanta Neog communicated to us that she was suffering from post-Covid health-related issues. Roselina came to the meeting today,” said Bora, refusing to comment any further on Neog, who was recently sacked from the post of Congress’s Golaghat district president for “anti-party activities”.

Bora said a decision was taken during the meeting to launch an agitation against price rise and booth convention in each of the 126 assembly constituencies of the state.

As the APCC awaits AICC’s decision on Neog’s expulsion from the party, the Assam Congress leadership recently sent a team to Neog’s home district Golaghat to take stock of the party’s position in the district.

Neog has not yet made her decision to join BJP yet and the latter’s state leadership is also silent on the matter, even as she had meetings with chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and senior BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma a few days ago, following which she was expelled as the district Congress president.

AICC secretary Vikas Upadhyay said the decision on forging an alliance with AIUDF will be taken by the party leadership. “No Congress MLA is defecting to BJP in Assam. All these are false propaganda by BJP. We are united and will win the 2021 assembly election,” said Upadhyay.

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