- The former chief minister also announced that he would not be the next 'potential' chief ministerial candidate of the Congress in Assam.
- The All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), led by Tarun Gogoi Badruddin Ajmal, is calling for the formation of a 'grand alliance'
- Senior party leaders have demanded full-time and effective leadership for the Congress
Former Assam Chief Minister and Congress leader Tarun Gogoi said that former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi could be the BJP’s Chief Ministerial candidate in next year’s Assam Assembly elections. The Times of India newspaper wrote in its report that ‘Tarun Gogoi quoted his sources that Ranjan Gogoi’s name is in the list of (Bharatiya Janata Party) BJP candidates for the post of Chief Minister’.
He said, “If the former CJI can go to Rajya Sabha, then he can also agree as to the next ‘possible’ Chief Ministerial candidate of BJP.” He said if the former CJI could go to Rajya Sabha, he might agree to be the next ‘prospective’ CM candidate of the BJP as well. “It is all about politics.”
BJP was happy with Ranjan Gogoi over Ayodhya Ram Mandir case judgment. Then he gradually entered politics, step by step, by accepting the Rajya Sabha nomination. Why did he not refuse the Rajya Sabha membership?
He could have easily been chairman of the human rights commission or other rights organizations. He has political ambition and that’s why he accepted the nomination,” Gogoi said.
The former chief minister also announced that he would not be the next ‘potential’ chief ministerial candidate of the Congress in Assam. The All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), led by Tarun Gogoi Badruddin Ajmal, is calling for the formation of a ‘grand alliance’, including the Left and regional parties, to remove the BJP from power.
He said, “I am not going to be the Chief Minister of the state. I want to be a guide or work as an advisor. There are many qualified candidates in the Congress who can take charge.”
Before the meeting of the Congress Working Committee, a voice has been raised from within the party about ‘new leadership and change on a large scale’. The Indian Express newspaper has written that 23 senior leaders of the party have written a letter to the head of the party, Sonia Gandhi, from the top to the bottom about the major changes in the Congress Party.
After losing the Lok Sabha elections in the year 2014, the decline of the Congress party has continued continuously and since then the party has not been able to make its comeback. According to the newspaper report, the 23 senior leaders who have written letters to Sonia Gandhi. They include five former chief ministers, several members of the Congress Working Committee, sitting MPs and former Union ministers.
The top leaders of the party have accepted the rise of the BJP in their letter and have recognized that the youth of the country have decisively voted for Narendra Modi. It has also been mentioned in the letter that the confidence of the people in the party has decreased and the confidence of the youth has also decreased. Which is a matter of serious concern.
According to the information received by the newspaper, this letter was written to Sonia Gandhi a few days ago, which called for a large-scale reform within the party.
Senior party leaders have demanded full-time and effective leadership for the Congress. This is not only visible to the people but is active at the grassroots level and proves to be effective in rejuvenating the party.
According to the report, the letter is signed by Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, party MPs and former Union Ministers Anand Sharma, Kapil Sibal, Manish Tiwari, Shashi Tharoor, and Vivek Tankha.
It is believed that after the completion of one year of Sonia Gandhi’s term as the acting president of the Congress, the demand for full-time president in the party has increased. The party made it clear a few days ago that Sonia Gandhi will take charge of the Congress party till the party gets a new president.
The Hindu newspaper quoted Congress General Secretary KC Venugopal as saying that a video conference of the Congress Working Committee is going to be held on Monday, August 24, whose formal agenda has not been announced by the party, but this meeting of the party on the question of leadership, there is a lot of discussion in it.
According to KC Venugopal, this meeting will start at 11 am on Monday. The newspaper has quoted sources claiming that Rahul Gandhi is still not keen on returning to party president.