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Conrad made U-turn on bill, says Gogoi

Former Assam CM accuses NPP chief Conrad Sangma of forming a secret pre-poll understanding with the BJP

By Our Special Correspondent in Guwahati

  • Published 26.03.19, 2:10 AM
  • Updated 26.03.19, 2:10 AM
Tarun Gogoi at Rajiv Bhawan in Guwahati on Monday.
Tarun Gogoi at Rajiv Bhawan in Guwahati on Monday. Picture by UB Photos

Former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi has accused Meghalaya chief minister and National People’s Party (NPP) chief Conrad Sangma of taking a U-turn on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

Claiming that the NPP has a secret pre-poll understanding with the BJP, Gogoi told reporters here on Monday that by siding with the BJP, which has made it clear that they will bring the bill in Parliament again if the party returns to power, the NPP has made a U-turn on the bill issue.

“He was accorded a hero’s welcome for opposing the bill but he diluted his opposition to the bill by forming an unholy alliance with the BJP,” Gogoi said. He also called the AGP a power hungry party without any principle for resuming its alliance with the BJP and contesting the Lok Sabha polls together.

Gogoi said the BJP is in a state of panic and as a result of that it had dropped so many sitting MPs. In Assam, the BJP has denied tickets to four of its sitting MPs — Bijoya Chakravarty, Ramen Deka, R.P. Sarmah and Kamakhya Prasad Tasa — and uncertainty prevails over the re-nomination of Union minister of state for railways Rajen Gohain from the Nagaon seat.

“It shows that the sitting MPs of the BJP failed to perform and have lost touch with the people,” he said.

Gogoi said the BJP in Assam is riddled with factionalism as the old-timers, who built the party from scratch, were sidelined by the newly joined leaders. He said a “cold war” is going on in the state BJP between chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

Gogoi, however, refuted reports of any understanding between the Congress and the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF). He exuded confidence that the Congress will win at least 10 of the 14 seats in Assam.

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