GUWAHATI, May 25 � Congressman and two-time former Member of Parliament (MP) Kirip Chaliha today said that Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi followed his conscience to quit and nobody has the right to interfere in the matter.
However, Chaliha, who was lately seen with the dissident group, ducked questions related to demand for change in leadership.
�I do not agree to all this. The Chief Minister has offered his resignation to the Congress high command and nobody has the right to say anything in the matter,� Chaliha told mediapersons here today.
He, however, said that the dissident group had invited him to be part of the meeting and advise them and, accordingly, he reciprocated the invitation.
�I was never part of the dissident group,� he clarified. Chaliha had lost the recent Lok Sabha polls from Mangaldai seat. He also mentioned that he was initially not willing to contest from Mangaldai.
Stressing the need for introspection, Chaliha said that the Congress party will lose its relevance if some of the core issues are not discussed and resolved, more so at the micro level.
�It was a lesson to be learnt for the Congress party. We had failed to feel the pulse of the people,� the former MP from Guwahati said. He also commented that the party has detached itself from its traditional vote banks in minorities and even from people from Nepali community and also the Bengali Hindus.
�With the formation of the AIUDF, Congress�s vote bank has witnessed a major shift,� he stated. He went on to say that in the party meeting that is expected to take place in the next week he will express his opinions to those concerned.