GUWAHATI, Sept 6 - A meeting of senior Congress party leaders of the State was convened by the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee today at the Rajiv Bhawan here.
The meeting was held to elicit the opinion of the senior leaders for preparing the roadmap for the ensuing Assembly elections due on 2016, said a statement.
The meeting was presided over by APCC president Anjan Dutta and attended by 200 senior Congressmen of the State, including CWC member Dr Hemoprova Saikia, former Bihar Governor Debananda Konwar, former APCC president Paban Singh Ghatowar, senior ministers Dr Bhumidhar Barman and Sarat Barkataky, Rajya Sabha MPs Pankaj Bora, Naznin Faruque and a host of former district presidents, former MPs and MLAs.
All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Dr CP Joshi in his opening remarks sought active participation of all senior party leaders for strengthening the party�s base.
He said the country is passing through a very delicate stage under the administration of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In his presidential speech, Dutta sought the cooperation of the senior Congress leaders for taking forward the party�s mission. He emphasised on building up a robust second generation of party leaders to lead the Congress in the coming decades.
During the meeting, the senior party leaders highlighted on the areas of focus for strengthening the party at the grass-root level.
The leaders said that exit of 10 party MLAs from the Congress was not based on any principle, but is only an exercise for personal gain.
The meeting was of the opinion that most of the defecting MLAs have lost mass contact with the electorate of their respective constituencies following which they have deserted the party.
Ghatowar, is his speech, stated that the 10 MLAs lack principles and such persons have no place in the Congress party.
Former Minister Siddique Ahmed said that Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma led the dissidents in the party during the past only to fulfil his personal agenda and used Ministers and MLAs like him as tools in his political tirade against the Congress Legislature Party leader which they could not decipher earlier.
Ahmed said that now it is clear that Dr Sarma defected to the BJP fearing action against his involvement in the Saradha and Louis Berger cases.