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Himanta’s exit will not affect Congress: Gogoi to Sonia

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Thursday told Congress president Sonia Gandhi that Himanta Biswa Sarma's departure from the party will not affect the party’s prospects in the 2016 assembly elections in Assam.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati |
Updated: August 27, 2015 8:44:13 pm

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Thursday told Congress president Sonia Gandhi that Himanta Biswa Sarma’s departure from the party will not affect the party’s prospects in the 2016 assembly elections in Assam.

“I do not know the reasons as to why Himanta Biswa Sarma decided to leave the party. There may be reasons that he is under the scanner,” CM’s media advisor Bharat Chandra Narah quoted Gogoi as having told Sonia Gandhi.

During the 20-minute meeting Gogoi also apprised the Congress president of the political scenario in the state.

Gogoi also told Gandhi that Sarma would not be able to make any inroads into the Congress bastion. He also assured the AICC president that the party would formulate suitable political strategies to strengthen the organizational base and undertake different programmes to foil the BJP’s gameplan, Narah said.

Himanta to join BJP

Meanwhile, former Congress stalwart Himanta Biswa Sarma, who finally quit the party after a three-year long battle against chief minister Tarun Gogoi, is all set to formally join the BJP here on Friday.

The BJP will stage a 25-km road-show from the LGBI airport to the BJP state office in Hengerabari in the city after Sarma arrives from New Delhi, where he has been camping since his meeting with BJP chief Amit Shah last Saturday.

A number of other leaders of the Congress party who are close to Sarma are also likely to join the BJP along with him.

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