Guwahati, 4 June-2014: Facing in-house rebellion in the wake of the party’s poor show in Lok Sabha elections in the state, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Tuesday had two separate rounds of meeting with Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi.
Gogoi first met Rahul at noon and this was followed by a second round of meeting in the afternoon during which the Chief Minister was asked to control the rebels, party sources said. Separately, a three-member committee of Congress comprising senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, CP Joshi and Motilal Vora held a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the unfolding situation in the party in the state, the sources said. The committee was set up more than a week ago to look into the political crisis in Assam.
The sources said that the senior leaders of the party on Tuesday came to the conclusion that a reshuffle in the Assam Cabinet needs to be carried out to avoid a split in the PCC. The Assam Chief Minister had met Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice-President Rahul Gandhi almost 10 days back as internal dissent in the state unit deepened, with a faction opposed to him seeking a change of guard. The Congress leadership was understood to have told Gogoi earlier to check the rebellion or face problems.