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GUWAHATI, Oct 19 � Unlike what was anticipated, the much-hyped Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meet ended today with no major change or outcome in the political course of the State.

The meeting saw the dissident members coming into the fold of the leader of the CLP and Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi after the latter assured to look into their concerns relating to reshuffling of ministries and uniformity in development works.

Further, there was no discussion on change of leadership in the meeting, which had promised to be a high-voltage one.

In what appeared as a �show of reunion�, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi came out from the meet along with Health and Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on his left and Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain on his right.

The Chief Minister even drove out of the Assembly premises in his car in the company of both the Ministers, who till today were believed to be representing two different camps.

�There is no dissidence in the party. We will work as a unit to win maximum seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls,� Gogoi told media persons after coming out of the meet.

It needs mention here that Himanta Biswa Sarma�s difference with Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi escalated to bitter levels in the last one year, something which had even reached the corridors of the Congress high command.

Later, addressing a joint press conference, Himanta Biswa Sarma, Rockybul Hussain and MLA Anjan Dutta were unanimous in stating that there was no dissidence and that the party will fight unitedly in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

�Our aim now is to win at least 11 seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls,� they said in the post-CLP meet press conference.

A committee, comprising senior leader Sarat Barkataky, Anjan Dutta, Himanta Biswa Sarma, Rockybul Hussain and a few others, has been formed to draft the resolutions of today�s CLP meet.

Most of the MLAs expressed satisfaction on the outcome of the meeting, which was also attended by Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Bhubaneswar Kalita.

PTI adds: Asked whether the meeting was called on central leadership�s instructions, Sarma said: �The CM had called the meeting himself and was not directed by the party central leadership to do so. We also resolved to have a CLP meeting every month or at least every three months.�

Kalita said after the CLP meeting that �a resolution was adopted to work unitedly for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections so that Congress can win 11 to 12 of the 14 seats.�

He added that a report on today�s meeting would be sent to Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi and AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi to apprise them that there was no dissidence in the party in the State.

Asked whether there was any discussion on the issue of reshuffling the State Cabinet, the APCC chief said, �That is the prerogative of the Chief Minister.�

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No dissidence in party, says Gogoi

GUWAHATI, Oct 19 � Unlike what was anticipated, the much-hyped Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meet ended today with no major change or outcome in the political course of the State.

The meeting saw the dissident members coming into the fold of the leader of the CLP and Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi after the latter assured to look into their concerns relating to reshuffling of ministries and uniformity in development works.

Further, there was no discussion on change of leadership in the meeting, which had promised to be a high-voltage one.

In what appeared as a �show of reunion�, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi came out from the meet along with Health and Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on his left and Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain on his right.

The Chief Minister even drove out of the Assembly premises in his car in the company of both the Ministers, who till today were believed to be representing two different camps.

�There is no dissidence in the party. We will work as a unit to win maximum seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls,� Gogoi told media persons after coming out of the meet.

It needs mention here that Himanta Biswa Sarma�s difference with Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi escalated to bitter levels in the last one year, something which had even reached the corridors of the Congress high command.

Later, addressing a joint press conference, Himanta Biswa Sarma, Rockybul Hussain and MLA Anjan Dutta were unanimous in stating that there was no dissidence and that the party will fight unitedly in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

�Our aim now is to win at least 11 seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls,� they said in the post-CLP meet press conference.

A committee, comprising senior leader Sarat Barkataky, Anjan Dutta, Himanta Biswa Sarma, Rockybul Hussain and a few others, has been formed to draft the resolutions of today�s CLP meet.

Most of the MLAs expressed satisfaction on the outcome of the meeting, which was also attended by Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Bhubaneswar Kalita.

PTI adds: Asked whether the meeting was called on central leadership�s instructions, Sarma said: �The CM had called the meeting himself and was not directed by the party central leadership to do so. We also resolved to have a CLP meeting every month or at least every three months.�

Kalita said after the CLP meeting that �a resolution was adopted to work unitedly for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections so that Congress can win 11 to 12 of the 14 seats.�

He added that a report on today�s meeting would be sent to Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi and AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi to apprise them that there was no dissidence in the party in the State.

Asked whether there was any discussion on the issue of reshuffling the State Cabinet, the APCC chief said, �That is the prerogative of the Chief Minister.�

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