Mumbai, 21 July-2014, DNA: Indian National Congress is in troubled waters in two states out of the 12 in which it currently has chief ministers in place.
In Maharashtra today senior Congress leader and the industry minister Narayan Rane submitted his resignation to chief minister Prithviraj Chavan. Rane will continue to be a part of the party, but his resignation brings to forth the unhappiness that exists about the chief minister within the party members in the state. This comes at a time that the government has been facing trouble even with their ally NCP that is asking for more seats for this election.
On the other hand, the main rival of Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi, the health and education minister Hemanta Biswa Sarma quit along with 31 other MLAs. In Assam, the ministers wanted to register their absolute disregard of Gogoi as a chief minister whom they want to resign immediately.
Both the cases are blows to the Congress high command since the chief ministers have support from the top leaders of the party. Gogoi has been supported by Rahul Gandhi even this afternoon asking Gogoi to control his rebel ministers. AICC General Secretary Mohan Prakash had declared recently that Chavan would be retained as the chief minister in Maharashtra and the coming elections would be fought under his leadership. This again made it clear that Chavan enjoyed the confidence of the party high command. But this confidence looks rather misplaced after the events in the two states.
The Telegraph reported that more trouble could be in the offing in Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya as well, problems which could be fuelled if the situation in Assam worsens. In Manipur more than 20 Congress legislators have been asking for the resignation of the chief minister Okram Ibobi as they wanted a rejig of the ministerial berths.