GUWAHATI, March 24 � The long overdue process of formation of the executive committee of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) is yet to be completed mainly because of difference of opinion among the senior leaders of the party and, till now, almost half of the tenure of the committee has expired.
The elections to the APCC were due in October, 2010 and accordingly, the elections to the block and district-level committees were held and more than 250 members were elected to the state committee from the districts. But the formation of the executive committee from among the members elected from the districts is to be completed and the old committee is still running the affairs of the ruling party on ad hoc basis.
APCC sources said that Bhubaneswar Kalita was nominated as the president of the Committee for the third consecutive term at the end of September, 2010, but the formation of the executive committee has been hanging in balance since then. Sources said that the executive committee was not formed in 2010 as scheduled as the elections to the Assam Legislative Assembly was due in April, 2011 and the Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi was of the view that the existing committee should be allowed to function till the elections.
But even after nearly one year of the elections, the executive committee of the APCC could not be formed though the All India Congress Committee general secretary in charge of Assam, Digbijoy Singh had announced that the Committee would be formed by October last year. Sources said that the committee was scheduled to be announced yesterday but that was put off at the last moment.
APCC sources said that there are differences of opinion among the Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and APCC president Bhubaneswar Kalita on the persons to be included in the executive committee. The Congress also decided not to include Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries in the executive committee to follow the one man one post formula. But the legislators can be included in the executive committee.
The term of the committee was earlier three years but that has been included to five years. But the new committee, whenever formed, will get less than half of its term because of the delay in formation of the committee.