NEW DELHI, May 22 - With less than 24 hours to go for the counting of votes, a banner of revolt has been raised against Assam Congress president Ripun Bora for his alleged mismanagement of the party�s Lok Sabha poll campaign in the State.
A group of Congress members comprising ex-MPs and ex-MLAs are camping in the national capital, meeting senior AICC leaders and demanding that the PCC president be sacked immediately. The delegation on Wednesday submitted a memorandum to the office of Congress president Rahul Gandhi and met AICC general secretary KC Venugopal, besides seeking an appointment with AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
The delegation, led by former Rajya Sabha MP Dwijen Sarma, includes ex-MP Abdul Hamid, Bolin Kuli, Lalit Mohan Suklabaidya, Nurzamal Sarkar, Dr Manjushree Pathak, general secretary, Ramen Borthakur, among others. They brought 12 charges against Bora.
�The political situation in Assam was such that we could have won 10 out of 14 seats, but we feel that we will not get the results as we had expected because of certain wrongdoings, corrupt practices and mismanagement by PCC president Bora,� a memorandum said.
Wrong selection of candidates in some constituencies was also a cause for not getting the desired results, it said.
The delegation further questioned the tacit alliance with the AIUDF. �It is a serious matter that Bora with a few others came to an alliance with Badruddin Ajmal in some seats without the knowledge of the Congress high command. The PCC decided not to have any alliance with AIUDF but it came to light that Bora had a secret meeting with AIUDF in Delhi without the knowledge of party high command,� it said.
The election campaign was not taken seriously by Bora and even defied Tarun Gogoi, who was chairman of the campaign committee. Not a single star campaigner was brought to certain constituencies. Tarun Gogoi openly announced after the election that the party could not take the advantage of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill during the campaign, the delegation alleged.
�We are going for the Assembly election in 2021. With this image of the PCC president and the huge number of allegations against him, it will be difficult to fight election under his leadership,� it claimed.
�Under the circumstances we urge upon you to change the PCC president of Assam as early as possible. Looking into the urgency of the Assembly election, we request you to appoint a dynamic senior person as the PCC president,� the Congress delegation stated in the memorandum.