Three months short of incumbent Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Bhubaneswar Kalita’s coming to an end, the AICC Saturday appointed veteran Congressman and former transport minister Anjan Dutta as the new chief of the party’s state unit. Dutta incidentally was in the news recently when the CBI questioned him in connection with the Saradha chit fund scandal.
Dutta, a three-time MLA from Amguri in Sivasagar district, is a known loyalist of CM Tarun Gogoi and had literally worked overtime when Gogoi was facing a massive rebellion mounted by his bête noire and then health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma immediately after the party suffered a drubbing in the Lok Sabha elections.
“Congress president Sonia Gandhi has appointed Anjan Dutta as president of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee in place Bhubaneswar Kalita with immediate effect,” AICC general secretary in-charge (Organisation) Janardan Dwivedi said in New Delhi.
Known for having led a turn-around for the Assam State Transport Corporation which was in the red during the last AGP government (1996-2001), Dutta, as then Assam Pradesh Youth Congress president, had also contributed immensely towards return of the party to power in the heydays of the ULFA in 1991.