Guwahati: Dissidence within the ruling
Congress came to the fore today with the resignation of former
Chief Minister Anwara Taimur and minister Bijit Saikia ahead
of the Assam assembly polls.
Taimur, a Congress aspirant from the Dalgaon assembly
constituency, resigned from the primary membership of the
party after she was denied ticket and joined the minority
dominated All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF).
Alleging that "senior" leaders of the Congress have
been sidelined in the process of candidate selection, Taimur
said today she will not contest the ensuing assembly poll but
"actively" campaign for the AIUDF.
Taimur, an octogenarian, was the Chief Minister of Assam
from December 6, 1980 to June 30, 1981 before President`s rule
was imposed in the state.
Former Industry minister in the erstwhile Hiteswar
Saikia-led Congress government, Saikia had resigned after
being refused party ticket and joined the Trinamool Congress.
He will be contesting as the Trinamool Congress
nominee for the prestigious Tezpur assembly constituency.
Congress party headquarter at Rajiv Bhavan has
witnessed protests of disgruntled ticket seekers recently with
supporters having demonstrated before AICC General Secretary
and state election in-charge Digvijay Singh.
Several other Congress members who had been denied
tickets have joined the Trinamool Congress including Debeswar
Borah, its state president, but Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
said the Trinamool will not be a "factor" in the ensuing
"Those who have joined the Trinamool Congress will
come to the Congress fold," he said.