GUWAHATI, Aug 26 - Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Anjan Dutta will convene two meetings with senior party leaders and MLAs on September 2.
The back-to-back meetings, to be held at Rajiv Bhawan here, are expected to witness brainstorming sessions on diverse issues affecting the party, especially in the backdrop of former minister Himanta Biswa Sarma�s decision to leave the party and join the BJP.
�Dutta will first hold a meeting with senior Congress leaders of the State from 11 am on September 2. Another meeting on the same day has been convened with the Congress MLAs of the State from 5 pm onwards,� said a party leader.
Both the meetings will discuss on organisational matters and review the party�s preparedness for the 2016 Assembly elections, he added.
�The meetings assume special significance because of the departure of Sarma from the party. While the discussion with senior party leaders will focus mainly on strengthening the organisational base to face the ensuing polls, the meeting with the MLAs will look at various issues, including the implementation of schemes and preparedness at the constituency and booth levels,� said the leader.
He admitted that the party is likely to witness the departure of at least a few more MLAs during the months to come.
�However, the number will be much less than what is being reported in the media. In fact, today three of our MLAs, who had been in the dissident camp led by Sarma since last one year, including one MLA each from Barak Valley, Lower Assam and the North Bank, met our leadership here and clearly stated that they would not leave the party,� said the senior Congress office-bearer.