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Bhupen Borah named new president of Congress’ Assam unit

Fifty-year-old Bhupen Borah is a two-time (2006 and 2011) MLA from the Bihpuria constituency and has held the post of secretary, AICC since 2013. He has also served as the Parliamentary Secretary, Home and Power, in the Assam government.

Written by Tora Agarwala | Guwahati |
Updated: July 24, 2021 8:39:37 pm
Bhupen Borah was appointed with immediate effect, along with three working presidents (Photo: Facebook @bhupenkborah)

More than two months after the Congress’ defeat in Assembly elections in Assam, the party high command Saturday appointed two-time MLA Bhupen Kumar Borah as the state unit president and in a first for the party in the state, named three working presidents to assist him.

A notice from the All India Congress Committee (AICC) Saturday announced that Borah was appointed with immediate effect, along with three working presidents: Rana Goswami, Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha and Jakir Hussain Sikdar. While Goswami is a former MLA from Jorhat, Purkayastha represents Karimganj North in Barak Valley, and Sikdar, Sarukhetri in Barpeta district in lower Assam.

Fifty-year-old Borah is a two-time (2006 and 2011) MLA from the Bihpuria constituency and has held the post of secretary, AICC since 2013. He has also served as the Parliamentary Secretary, Home and Power, in the Assam government.

According to sources, several names including MP Pradyut Bordoloi, MP Gaurav Gogoi, MLA Debabrata Saikia as well as Borah were in the running for the post of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president after Ripun Bora resigned following the party’s defeat in the elections in May. In his resignation letter, Bora, who was the APCC president since 2016, had said he was extremely disheartened by the inability to combat the “divisive and communal politics” played by the BJP.

Congress spokesperson and media chairperson Bobbeeta Sharma said that “new blood would strengthen the party.” “Borah has held a national post in AICC for many years and has a lot of organisation experience. We are hoping that this will give a boost to the party. We have also introduced working presidents for the first time and they may be in charge of different zones in the state,” said Sharma.

Borah has been involved in politics since his university years in Dibrugarh, later becoming a Youth Congress activist. He served as the president of Assam Pradesh Youth Congress between 1996 and 1998. Between 2002 and 2010, he served as the general secretary of the APCC.

Manipur Congress appoints interim president

In Manipur, after Govindas Konthoujam, President, Manipur Pradesh Congress Party (MPCC), resigned on Wednesday, reportedly to jump ship to the BJP ahead of the state elections next year, the party high command has appointed Nameirakpam Loken Singh as the interim president. A notice from the AICC said that he will hold the post till a full time president is appointed. Singh has been the vice president of the MPCC and a five-time MLA and former Minister of the state.

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