THE Congress Tuesday appointed Rajya Sabha MP Ripun Bora as the party’s Assam unit chief. Bora’s appointment was on the cards although a section of the party was against his elevation as he was once an accused in a murder case.
Bora’s appointment came more than two years after he was acquitted in the Daniel Topno murder case by the Kamrup district and sessions court. Topno, who contested the 1996 Assembly elections against Bora from Gohpur constituency, was killed in 2000.
In 2008, Bora was sacked from the Tarun Gogoi ministry after the CBI arrested him for allegedly trying to bribe a CBI officer probing the murder case. He was given a clean chit in that case as well.
Talking to The Indian Express, Bora said his immediate priority was to “make the party more vibrant and more dynamic”.
“I want to rectify the defects, which led to the defeat of the party in the Assembly elections. We will do a thorough introspection, rectify the mistakes and go to the people and build up the confidence of the people towards the Congress,” he said.
Asked to spell out the reasons for the electoral defeat, Bora said, “We were in power for 15 years. Obviously, there will be omissions and commissions, some anti-incumbency factor… we lost the confidence of the people and our workers became lethargic… And there was lot of resentment too. We will rectify all these factors and go to the people and win back their confidence.”