GUWAHATI, Sept 14 - Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today appointed 13 MLAs as Parliamentary Secretaries.
In the meantime, the Chief Minister is also planning induction of four Ministers into his Council of Ministers, said knowledgeable circles here.
According to an official press release here this evening, the Chief Minister asked Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia today to bring out the notification appointing Susanta Borgohain, Arun Phukan, Aroti Kachari, Monika Bora, Rupjyoti Kurmi, Ghanashyam Kalita, Habul Chakraborty, Dr Rumi Nath, Hemanta Talukdar, Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha, Jamaluddin Ahmed, Sivsaran Basumatary and SR Subba as Parliamentary Secretaries.
The Chief Minister will administer the oath to the newly appointed Parliamentary Secretaries on September 16 at 11 am, the press release said.
Sources here said that the Chief Minister is learnt to have been planning to induct four Ministers into his Council of Ministers shortly and the names of five legislators of the ruling party have been doing the rounds in this regard. They are Bhimananda Tanti, Durlav Samua, Gautam Roy, Siddique Ahmed and Rekibuddin Ahmed.
However, the list of legislators sought to be inducted into the Council of Ministers is yet to be submitted to the Congress high command. It is expected that the proposed list would be submitted to the Congress high command tomorrow or the day after tomorrow. The high command is likely to finalise the list within three to four days of its receiving the proposed list.
Meanwhile, Bharat Chandra Narah, Press Advisor to Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said in a statement that the Chief Minister today claimed that several legislators of the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) have approached the Congress party with the aim of joining it. This is contrary to what the AIUDF has been claiming, the Chief Minister has been quoted by Narah as saying.
The Chief Minister also alleged that the AIUDF is having a tacit understanding with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and this is why the former is not criticising the latter, Narah said.