NEW DELHI, Oct 28 - Faced with the threat from an aggressive BJP in Assam, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today asked party leaders in the State to firm up their action plan for victory in the Assembly polls due next year. Rahul Gandhi is expected to start the campaign next month.
An emergent meeting of the party called by Gandhi and attended by a host of State Congress leaders in charge of various poll-related committees, including Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and PCC president Anjan Dutta, saw the AICC vice-president calling for drafting of poll strategy.
Briefing newsmen after the meeting, Anjan Dutta said that the meeting discussed organisational matters. It was also decided that Rahul Gandhi will tour Upper and Lower Assam in November, he added.
When asked whether the possibility of forging an alliance with the AIUDF figured in the meeting, Dutta said that neither was it discussed at today�s meeting nor has the issue been a subject of discussion at the party forum.
The meeting, attended by several ministers, MPs and MLAs, included Gautam Roy, Bhubaneswar Kalita, Pankaj Bora, Paban Singh Ghatowar, Biren Singh Ingti, Pradyut Bora, among others.
Later, Ripun Bora told newsmen that party matters were discussed at the meeting, which lasted for one-and-a-half-hour. All the chairmen have been asked to make submissions and prepare strategy and an action plan for the poll, he said.
The Congress party is rattled by BJP�s unprecedented focus on Assam and also for losing the recent polls in the Tiwa and Dima Hasao autonomous councils.
Some chairmen of the committees, constituted a couple of months back, submitted a few written proposals during the meeting today, but they were advised to re-work on them and firm up workable action plans to counter the BJP campaign, as well as prepare a strategy to win the Assembly polls, said sources.