GUWAHATI, Aug 24 - Referring to former Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who is set to join the BJP as his �once blue-eyed boy,� and whom he had �helped liked anything�, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said that individuals did not matter in the Congress party and that the party would remain strong as long as it enjoyed the loyalty of committed leaders and workers.
The Chief Minister who was addressing a press conference added in the same breath that some people had no ideology and that the Congress would not be affected by Sarma�s desertion of the party.
�It is his personal decision and it is not going to affect the Congress�it is true that he was once my blue-eyed boy due to his efficiency and competence. I gave him a free hand even when it meant ignoring some senior leaders. I helped him like anything,� Gogoi said.
Gogoi said that ideology was central to politics and having differences should not mean that one should join communal forces.
�In the past also, many Congressmen had quit the party owing to various reasons, but none joined a communal party. Secularism and being pro-poor has been the hallmark of the Congress, whereas the BJP is communal and pro-corporate,� he added.