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Pradyut Bordoloi to be next Assam Congress chief? Party starts poll revamp mode

After a series of electoral defeat in the recent past, talks have begun in Assam Congress for a drastic change in the party leadership to revamp it ahead of the 2021 Assembly Election.

Speculations are rife that Nagaon Lok Sabha MP and former Assam minister Pradyut Bordoloi is likely to be appointed as the president of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC). Meanwhile, leader of the opposition in the Assam Legislative Assembly Debabrata Saikia and Bhupen Bora are also in the race, according to sources.

It may be mentioned that the Congress displayed a dismal performance in the Lok Sabha elections 2019 in the Northeast India. It won only three seats in Assam and the Shillong seat in Meghalaya.

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Post the Lok Sabha debacle, APCC president Ripun Bora had offered to resign “taking moral responsibility for the dismal performance of the Congress party”. Several leaders blamed Bora for the party’s poor show in the parliamentary elections.

In 2016, the Congress had faced a massive defeat in the Assam Legislative Assembly elections and BJP’s Sarbananda Sonowal was elected to the Legislative Assembly from Majuli. Sonowal was sworn in as the 14th Chief Minister of Assam on May 24th, 2016.

In 2019, a group of 13 MLAs wrote to party president Sonia Gandhi demanding the removal of Saikia as Assam Congress Legislature Party leader ahead of the 2021 Assam elections.

“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 wrote. The MLAs also accused Saikia of never trying to inculcate team spirit among the members.

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