NEW DELHI, Aug 25 - Mounting a scathing attack on his one-time blue-eyed boy Himanta Biswa Sarma, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today claimed that the former State minister has left the Congress party not because of ideology but due to hunger for power.
Stating that Sarma practised selfish and not ideology-driven politics, the Chief Minister launched a vitriolic attack on the former minister and said that he had left the Congress not because of ideology but due to the lure of power.
Gogoi, who is scheduled to call on Congress president Sonia Gandhi tomorrow, said that if Sarma felt that he was humiliated by him, then why did he remain in the party so long! He should have quit earlier.
�He is a selfish person and there is no ideology behind his politics,� Gogoi told newsmen.
Adding further, Gogoi said it was because Sarma did not believe in any ideology that he had joined a communal party.
He said many leaders had left the party in the past like NCP chief Sharad Pawar. But they had not joined a communal party, but formed separate political outfits.
Gogoi also made a mockery of Sarma by recalling his statement in which he had attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi. �If blood was flowing out of water pipes in Gujarat, then are honey and gold flowing out of those pipes now?� he asked.
He said winning and losing elections were a normal process in democracy, but quitting the party for fear of defeat was not a sign of a good politician.
Referring to the perceived threat from his son Gaurav Gogoi, which ultimately might have led to Himanta quitting the party, the Chief Minister said his son was no match for Sarma, why was he scared of Gaurav Gogoi? �If he is scared then why is he in politics�? he asked.
When asked whether Himanta�s departure from the party was a serious setback, Gogoi observed that the party always survived.
Meanwhile, surprised at Himanta�s exit from the party, Sonia Gandhi has asked for a report from general secretary in-charge of Assam Dr CP Joshi in this regard.