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AICC decision unlikely before November

By Spl correspondent

NEW DELHI, July 17 � In a serious setback for the dissident leaders in Assam, the AICC has asked the estranged group to be patient and wait till the year-end for resolution of their demand.

Highly placed sources in the AICC said that the party high command�s decision was conveyed to the disgruntled MLAs through an emissary.

It has been learnt that a senior Congress leader from Assam was summoned yesterday by AICC general secretary in-charge for Assam CP Joshi and requested to mediate to end the crisis. He was told that the AICC high command is unlikely to act in haste and may wait till the Assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana are over.

Both Maharashtra and Haryana are facing a crisis like Assam, with the detractors demanding removal of the Chief Ministers.

Sources told this newspaper that removal of State Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi at this stage on the demand of the rebels might send a wrong signal to the other two states. When asked what kind of timeline they were looking at, the sources said a decision cannot be expected before November.

Sources further confided that they are also exploring the possibility of choosing an alternative leader in Assam, in case the situation gets out of hand. Discussion is on at various levels to resolve the crisis, the sources said, without elaborating.

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