DIBRUGARH, Aug 24 - The Congress, at a special meeting held today, issued a strict directive, restricting party workers, elected members and office bearers from making comments or issuing statements detrimental to the party, ahead of the scheduled visit of All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary and in charge of Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) Harish Rawat to Upper Assam on August 28 and 29.
The Dibrugarh District Congress Committee (DDCC) passed this resolution following a meeting with office bearers of the district committees, block committees and all affiliated women�s wings, youth bodies, students� unions, trade unions and minority cells etc., at Rajiv Bhawan here today.
Any party member found violating the directive will face disciplinary action as per party rules, DDCC president and former Assam Minister Atuwa Munda, who later addressed the media, said.
The meeting discussed at length the scheduled visit of Rawat to Dibrugarh and Tinsukia. �Harish Rawat, the former Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, will interact with leaders of a few social organisations, prominent citizens, intellectual groups and ethnic bodies at the Tea and Ex Tea Tribes� Multipurpose auditorium, Chaulkhowa, on August 29.
�Rawat will also interact with tea garden workers in Derial tea estate in Tinsukia district and Ganeshbari tea estate in Dibrugarh district on August 28 and 29, respectively. He will be accompanied by former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, APCC president Ripun Bora and Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Debabrata Saikia,� said Munda.
Former Union Minister Paban Singh Ghatowar, former State Minister Prithibi Majhi, former MLAs Rajendra Prasad Singh and Raju Sahu, and Doomdooma MLA Durga Bhumij have been assigned with the task of arranging the interaction with the tea garden workers. The entire exercise is part of the preparation for the ensuing panchayat and Lok Sabha polls, the Congress leader said.