In a major blow, as many as 13 Assam Congress MLAs have dashed off a letter to party president Sonia Gandhi demanding a change of leadership of Assam Congress Legislature Party (CLP) ahead of the 2021 Assembly Elections.
The MLAs blamed CLP leader Debabrata Saikia for the failure of the party in the state. In the letter, the MLAs mentioned, “We, being the main opposition in the Assembly, should have been able to highlight their failure and should have made a scathing attack on the ruling party in every session. We have miserably failed because of the poor leadership of our CLP. Saikia is neither vocal nor remains alert in the Assembly. He is timid and his voice is hardly heard in the Assembly. Consequently, we have missed many vital issues in the Assembly.”
The MLAs also accused Saikia of never trying to inculcate team spirit among the members. “He rather discourages team spirit and gives indulgence to only a few selected MLAs. Our role as the main opposition in the Assembly is very weak. All these years, we were expecting that our CLP leader shall improve in due course of time but he has failed is miserably,” the letter mentioned.
The MLAs further appealed the party president to “appoint a vocal and effective member with legislative experience”. A copy of the letter is available with Time8.
The letter was signed by Nandita Das, Ajanta Neog, Rakibul Hussain, Wazed Ali Choudhury, Sherman Ali Ahmed, Jakir Hussain Sikdar, Nurul Huda amongst others.
The Congress failed to capture the voters’ confidence in the recently held by-elections 2019. Three seats went to Bharatiya Janata Party and the remaining one, Jania went to All India United Democratic Front. Jania has always been considered as Congress’ fort.
Recently, former bureaucrat MGVK Bhanu had quit the party on October 29th, 2019. He joined the Congress in February this year, seven months after he retired as the state’s additional chief secretary. Bhanu said that his “inexperience” in “party politics and political work” is the reason behind quitting the Congress party.
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