GUWAHATI, July 23 � Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi is likely to effect a reshuffle in his ministry shortly, at least to fill up the vacant posts following the resignation of two ministers and sacking of two others. Meanwhile, the dissidents have decided to adopt a wait-and-watch policy for the time being.
Sources close to the Chief Minister said that Gogoi wants to complete the process of reshuffling his Ministry before the Assembly session scheduled to start from August 4. However, it would depend on his ongoing talks with senior legislators. Gogoi has invited a team of senior legislators headed by Sarat Barkataky to his official residence late this evening to discuss the issue of reshuffling the Ministry. If everything goes according to plan, the reshuffle of the Ministry may take place within the next few days, sources said.
Gogoi went to the Raj Bhawan this evening to hold talks with Governor JB Patnaik. Though sources close to the Chief Minister claimed that it was only a courtesy call, the visit gave rise to speculations of an imminent Ministry reshuffle. It may be mentioned here that Gogoi also held talks with Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Bhubaneswar Kalita on �the present political development� in the State.
Sources revealed that the Chief Minister is yet to make any plan to visit New Delhi to meet the Congress high command to get approval for the list of members to be inducted into the Ministry. However, at the same time, sources said that there was no need for the Chief Minister to visit Delhi as such an approval can be received over phone.
On the Chief Minister�s decision to give additional portfolios to four Ministers, sources said that it was a temporary arrangement as it was getting difficult for Gogoi to look into the day-to-day affairs of so many departments.
Meanwhile, dissident leader Himanta Biswa Sarma said that they would adopt a wait-and-watch policy for some time. He said they would oppose the anti-people policies of the Government and support the pro-people policies. However, he said that as Congressmen, they would not take any step to topple a Congress Government. �We have expressed our displeasure with the leadership of Gogoi and it is up to the party high command to take a call,� he added.