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Himanta Biswa Sarma’s resignation is against the party constitution: Bhubaneswar Kalita

Guwahati, 24 July-2014, PTI: Assam Pradesh Congress Committee president Bhubaneswar Kalita on Thursday termed former Education minister and dissident leader Himanta Biswa Sarma meeting the Governor to submit his resignation as “against the party constitution”.

Himanta Biswa Sarma’s resignation is against the party constitution: Bhubaneswar Kalita

Himanta Biswa Sarma's resignation is against the party constitution: Bhubaneswar Kalita
Assam Pradesh Congress Committee president Bhubaneswar Kalita

“We did not give Sarma and those who went with him permission to meet the Governor. We do not endorse it. He has gone against the party constitution”, Kalita told reporters at a press meet here.

“Sarma’s action was violation of party discipline. The AICC leadership has not taken it easily. The high command’s decision has to be abided by. Action will be taken against him and we support it. Process is on to address the issue”, he said.

“All the party leaders and workers have been directed to observe party discipline, else action will be taken against them”, the APCC chief warned.

Asked on Sarma’s decision to play the role of a “constructive opposition in the Assembly,” Kalita said, “the Opposition plays the role of constructive opposition. In accepting constructive suggestions there is no problem.”

“The upcoming Assembly session will be peaceful and there will be no difficulty in passing the budget”, he added.

Sarma on Monday accompanied by about 38 dissident MLAs had submitted his resignation letter to Governor JB Patnaik opposing Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi’s leadership.

Talking to reporters after submitting his resignation, Sarma had said, “I have submitted my resignation to the Governor as I have protested Gogoi’s leadership”.

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