GUWAHATI, Feb 10 � The chances of former Education Minister Ripun Bora to contest in the ensuing Assembly election appears bleak as Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today categorically stated that the MLA from Gohpur constituency would not be given the party ticket by the Congress.
�The party would not issue ticket to any person with valid criminal record, including Ripun Bora,� Gogoi told newsmen today.
Bora, it may be mentioned, was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation in New Delhi a few years back when he allegedly tried to bribe a CBI official.
He was later stripped off from the Education Minister�s post and also suspended from the party membership. Bora�s suspension is still on though he was seen campaigning for the party in the last Rajya Sabha election in the State.
Meanwhile, exuding confidence of returning to power for the third consecutive term, Gogoi today claimed that his last five years in office were the best years for the State since independence.
�The facts and figures indicate that the last five years have been the best period for Assam in terms of development,� Gogoi said.
�Of the last ten years in power, the first three years were challenging. Barring the problem of law and order, the economy of the State was in bad shape too. We overcame it and today things are completely different,� he said.