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NEW DELHI, Sept 2 - A day after Congress party warned the 10 MLAs with disciplinary actions, at least three MLAs have reportedly apologised to the ruling party.

Disclosing this, State Congress president Anjan Dutta told this newspaper that three MLAs have already replied to the show-cause notice issued to them, while another MLA, Dr Man Singh Rongpi, who went to receive rebel MLA Himanta Biswa Sarma, had reportedly returned to the party fold on the same day.

The party has already suspended four MLAs out of the 10 legislators who went to receive Sarma at the Guwahati airport for �indulging in anti-party activities�.

Dutta said while four MLAs were placed under suspension, of the remaining five, one MLA, Krispanath Mallah has written to the party seeking apology. Beside, a couple of other MLAs are also in touch with us,� Dutta added.

As reported, the Congress has already decided to approach Assembly Speaker to expel Himanta Biswa Sarma from membership of the House under the anti-defection law.

The PCC president, on Wednesday, called on Congress president Sonia Gandhi and briefed her on the new developments. Yesterday, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, accompanied by Dutta, had held a lengthy meeting with party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, when a counter-strategy was reportedly prepared to checkmate BJP�s grand design to hijack Congress MLAs ahead of the Assembly election.

Dutta said he had briefed the Congress president about the decision taken yesterday and the move to reconstitute three vital committees, including the party�s campaign, manifesto and coordination committees.

Dutta said he has also assured Gandhi that the party would not suffer any adverse impact following Sarma�s defection to the BJP. Barring the 10 MLAs, out of which several have already apologised, none other would leave the party, he assured her.

The AICC was anxious about the impact of Himanta quitting the party, as reports suggested that many more legislators might follow Sarma to BJP.

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3 dissident MLAs apologise

NEW DELHI, Sept 2 - A day after Congress party warned the 10 MLAs with disciplinary actions, at least three MLAs have reportedly apologised to the ruling party.

Disclosing this, State Congress president Anjan Dutta told this newspaper that three MLAs have already replied to the show-cause notice issued to them, while another MLA, Dr Man Singh Rongpi, who went to receive rebel MLA Himanta Biswa Sarma, had reportedly returned to the party fold on the same day.

The party has already suspended four MLAs out of the 10 legislators who went to receive Sarma at the Guwahati airport for �indulging in anti-party activities�.

Dutta said while four MLAs were placed under suspension, of the remaining five, one MLA, Krispanath Mallah has written to the party seeking apology. Beside, a couple of other MLAs are also in touch with us,� Dutta added.

As reported, the Congress has already decided to approach Assembly Speaker to expel Himanta Biswa Sarma from membership of the House under the anti-defection law.

The PCC president, on Wednesday, called on Congress president Sonia Gandhi and briefed her on the new developments. Yesterday, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, accompanied by Dutta, had held a lengthy meeting with party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, when a counter-strategy was reportedly prepared to checkmate BJP�s grand design to hijack Congress MLAs ahead of the Assembly election.

Dutta said he had briefed the Congress president about the decision taken yesterday and the move to reconstitute three vital committees, including the party�s campaign, manifesto and coordination committees.

Dutta said he has also assured Gandhi that the party would not suffer any adverse impact following Sarma�s defection to the BJP. Barring the 10 MLAs, out of which several have already apologised, none other would leave the party, he assured her.

The AICC was anxious about the impact of Himanta quitting the party, as reports suggested that many more legislators might follow Sarma to BJP.

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