Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi may have touted Guwahati ‘primaries’ as one of the most successful attempts of his new experiment for selecting party candidates, but Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi doesn’t clearly think so.
Congress sources said the chief minister has informed the party high command that it would not be possible for him to assure the victory of Manas Bora, who had won the Guwahati primary to be nominated as the party’s official candidate for the Lok Sabha seat.
It is understood that Gogoi has the backing of at least seven Congress MLAs under Guwahati Lok Sabha constituency who have made it known to the party that they were not in a position to guarantee Bora’s victory.
Sources in state unit said Gogoi wants either Guwahati (East) MLA Captain Robin Bordoloi or state Congress chief Bhubaneswar Kalita to be given the party ticket from Guwahati so that they could wrest the prestigious constituency from the BJP.
While Bordoloi had lost to BJP’s Bijoya Chakravarty in 2009 Lok Sabha polls, Kalita had represented Guwahati in the 12th Lok Sabha.
Gogoi is understood to have impressed the party high command that Bordoloi has a better chance of winning this time since he had lost by a narrow margin of 11,855 votes against the BJP and AGP’s joint candidate in 2009. With the BJP and AGP fighting the polls separately this time, Gogoi feels the chances of Bordoloi’s victory are bright.