Guwahati, 21 July-2014, NDTV: A top Congress leader from Assam has quit the cabinet of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, underscoring the raging crisis for the party as it confronts deep dissent in one of the few states where it is in power.
Himanta Biswa Sarma, who resigned as Assam Health & Education Minister, tweeted “I have decided not to compromise with my conscience any more.”
This afternoon, nearly 30 of the party’s 78 state legislators have reportedly met the Governor of Assam, JB Patnaik, to discuss their deep dissatisfaction with the leadership of Mr Gogoi, 78, who is serving his third term as Chief Minister.
Mr Gogoi led his party to a comfortable victory in the last state elections in 2011. But growing divides within the party leapfrogged after the Congress was trounced in the national election in May, winning just three of the state’s 14 parliamentary seats and inciting a campaign for Mr Gogoi’s removal as chief minister. The BJP boosted its tally from three to seven.