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Gogoi to submit final list to high command

By Spl Correspondent

NEW DELHI, May 24 � Amidst growing anxiety, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi called on Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday morning and held initial discussions on selection of his new team of ministers. He is likely to again meet the Congress president on Wednesday.

The Chief Minister who has been playing his cards close to his chest, later met Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Bijoy Krishna Handique and PCC president Bhubaneswar Kalita at his Teenmurty Lane House.

Sources said that the Chief Minister met the Congress president with a draft list with number of alternative suggestions. The list is now being finalised in consultation with PCC president and Handique, among others, said sources.

The Chief Minister is again expected to seek an appointment with the Congress president on Wednesday, when he is going to submit a final list for approval of the AICC.

Sources said the AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh, who has left for US is also being kept in the loop and a copy of the draft list is going to be emailed to him.

Faced with the problem of plenty, Gogoi has already decided to focus on third and fourth time winners to pick his team. The formula worked out on Tuesday was to retain one minister each from one Parliamentary constituency. Attempt is also on to fit in at least one representative from each of the major communities and select groups. Last time, Gogoi had selected one minister from each of the district.

Speculations were rife over constitution of the next council of ministers particularly among the ministerial aspirants. While some of the aspirants, who are camping in the capital, accompanied by supporters met senior AICC leaders, Gogoi has been avoiding meeting them. With the Chief Minister unwilling to lend an ear, their next port of call are rooms of Himanta Biswa Sarma and Rockibul Hussain, both of whom have lodged themselves in Assam Bhavan.

The media too waiting to get a word from Gogoi did not have much luck, as the Chief Minister has been avoiding them as well.

Some of the aspirants and their supporters are, meanwhile, preparing to leave for Assam, even as some new elected MLAs landed here to lobby. Akon Bora, who arrived on Tuesday reportedly rushed to meet senior AICC leaders. Bora is tipped to be dropped and replaced by Anjan Dutta, who also belongs to Koch Rajbongshi community.

Sources said Handique is pushing for inclusion of Pranab Gogoi and Sarat Borkotoki into the ministry but the Chief Minister is inclined to accept only one. Gogoi also faces the daunting task of dropping some of the senior colleagues and accommodate a few giant killers.

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Gogoi to submit final list to high command

NEW DELHI, May 24 � Amidst growing anxiety, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi called on Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday morning and held initial discussions on selection of his new team of ministers. He is likely to again meet the Congress president on Wednesday.

The Chief Minister who has been playing his cards close to his chest, later met Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Bijoy Krishna Handique and PCC president Bhubaneswar Kalita at his Teenmurty Lane House.

Sources said that the Chief Minister met the Congress president with a draft list with number of alternative suggestions. The list is now being finalised in consultation with PCC president and Handique, among others, said sources.

The Chief Minister is again expected to seek an appointment with the Congress president on Wednesday, when he is going to submit a final list for approval of the AICC.

Sources said the AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh, who has left for US is also being kept in the loop and a copy of the draft list is going to be emailed to him.

Faced with the problem of plenty, Gogoi has already decided to focus on third and fourth time winners to pick his team. The formula worked out on Tuesday was to retain one minister each from one Parliamentary constituency. Attempt is also on to fit in at least one representative from each of the major communities and select groups. Last time, Gogoi had selected one minister from each of the district.

Speculations were rife over constitution of the next council of ministers particularly among the ministerial aspirants. While some of the aspirants, who are camping in the capital, accompanied by supporters met senior AICC leaders, Gogoi has been avoiding meeting them. With the Chief Minister unwilling to lend an ear, their next port of call are rooms of Himanta Biswa Sarma and Rockibul Hussain, both of whom have lodged themselves in Assam Bhavan.

The media too waiting to get a word from Gogoi did not have much luck, as the Chief Minister has been avoiding them as well.

Some of the aspirants and their supporters are, meanwhile, preparing to leave for Assam, even as some new elected MLAs landed here to lobby. Akon Bora, who arrived on Tuesday reportedly rushed to meet senior AICC leaders. Bora is tipped to be dropped and replaced by Anjan Dutta, who also belongs to Koch Rajbongshi community.

Sources said Handique is pushing for inclusion of Pranab Gogoi and Sarat Borkotoki into the ministry but the Chief Minister is inclined to accept only one. Gogoi also faces the daunting task of dropping some of the senior colleagues and accommodate a few giant killers.