GUWAHATI, April 24 � Though four months have passed since Anjan Dutta was appointed as the president of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC), the new executive committee of the of the State unit of the party is yet to be formed and even senior leaders of the party are not aware as to when the same will be formed.
Sources in the APCC told The Assam Tribune that Dutta was appointed as the APCC president on December 13 last year. Normally, a new executive committee is formed within a month of appointment of the new president, but in this case, the new committee has not been formed. Sources pointed out that even the meetings of the APCC are not held regularly because of the failure to form the new executive committee.
APCC sources pointed out that immediately after taking over as the president of the State Congress, Dutta had appointed senior leader Dr Haren Das in charge of administration and organisation, while former Minister Ripun Bora was appointed as the head of the media cell. But those appointments are yet to be formally approved by the All India Congress Committee (AICC), sources claimed.
Sources revealed that as per the normal process, the booth, block and district committee elections are held first and the executive committee is constituted mostly with persons elected from the districts. The APCC president also has discretionary power to induct own persons in the committee. But with Dutta appointed as the president by the AICC before the election process started, the old district committees are still functioning officially. The grass root level elections are scheduled to start later this month.
APCC sources also said that Dutta has already submitted a list of members of the new executive committee of the State Congress to CP Joshi, the AICC in charge of Assam. Joshi is scheduled to discuss the matter with the party high command to finalize the list. But that is not yet done.
On reports that the executive committee members of the APCC would be barred from contesting the polls in 2016, sources said that no formal order has been issued by the AICC in this regard. �It is unlikely that such an order will be issued by the AICC as it would restrict stalwarts of the party from contesting the polls,� sources pointed out.