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Cong gaining ground in State: Gogoi tells Sonia

By Spl Correspondent

NEW DELHI, Sept 20 - Contrary to BJP�s hyperbole, the Congress party in Assam is actually gaining ground; former chief minister Tarun Gogoi conveyed this to Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

The former chief minister called on Gandhi on Tuesday and briefed her about the prevailing political situation in Assam. He said that ruling BJP is losing its support because of misgovernance, failure to get Central funds, floods, among others. In Assam, several changes have taken place and Congress party�s position has improved, he claimed.

The former chief minister�s comment about falling fortunes of BJP came at a time when North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) has turned its focus on other Northeast States claiming to capture power in all the eight States of the region by 2018.

Talking to this newspaper, Gogoi said that he has also cautioned Gandhi about nefarious design of the BJP and its frontal organisations. The BJP is working through its various fronts, which the Congress should counter, he suggested.

The Congress should gear up and counter the propaganda that the Congress party is anti-Hindu, Gogoi opined.

Gogoi said that he also asked the Congress president when Rahul Gandhi is taking over as president of the party. He suggested that Rahul Gandhi should be given a chance. �I was given the impression that Rahul is likely to be elevated in October,� Gogoi claimed.

About Priyanka Gandhi, Gogoi was told that she is unlikely to join active politics because of her family commitments, though she would continue to look after Sonia Gandhi�s constituency.

Gogoi said that the Rohingya problem was also discussed in the meeting. The main Opposition party demanded that the government should take all parties into confidence on the matter.

AICC spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that only a collective consultation will help the government. �It will help to decipher, delineate, and put boundaries on where there are genuine national security problems and where there are none,� the Congress leader added.

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