GUWAHATI, 18 May-2014, Prabin Kalita: A day after the Modi wave all but flattened the Congress in Assam, chief minister Tarun Gogoi told reporters that he was sending his resignation to party president Sonia Gandhi owning moral responsibility for the drubbing.
“We’re reviving the party from today. I am sending my resignation to Sonia Gandhi but I am not resigning from the party. I will remain as an ordinary Congress worker and work for its revival for a comeback in the 2016 election,” Gogoi told reporters on Saturday.
On Narendra Modi, the Assam CM said, “I wish he brings a solution to the problems of floods, erosion and unemployment in the state. I also wish he works for bringing down the prices of essential commodities… We hope he (Modi) will keep the promises he has made to the people of the state.”
Hundreds of Gogoi loyalists squatted in front of his home at Koinadhara Hills, requesting him to continue as CM. They also blocked the national highway for hours and sought to know the names of those who contributed to the debacle. Gogoi had said during campaigning that he would quit as CM if the Congress went down below a tally of eight MPs from the state.
Gogoi said the party failed to read the minds of the people and admitted the Modi wave worked. He added that he now joins the people of Assam in placing hopes in Modi to deliver on his promises for the state.
Congress, under Gogoi’s leadership, has won every election — two panchayat and civic elections apart from the three assembly election since 2001 — in the state. Gogoi said this unbroken string of victories might have made the party complacent.
He said he wasn’t defending Sonia because she belonged to the Gandhi family, but because she was committed to nation-building. “Sonia tried hard but people gave a different verdict. When a storm comes, it creates a trail of devastation. The point is to rise up and fight back,” Gogoi said.
“I still believe in Sonia Gandhi’s leadership. Her leadership is the key factor if the party is to be revived and I am not standing behind her just because she is from the Gandhi family, but because she is an individual with a high commitment to nation-building like Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi,” he said.
(Input source: TOI)