SILCHAR, July 1 - Quelling rumours of joining the BJP, former Congress minister Gautam Roy has said that he is not leaving the party. He made it clear that he is a Congress member and harbours no plans to join any other party.
�My father represented Congress party and I have spent over 30 years of my political career as a Congress worker and have nothing else to achieve. I shall continue to work for the people. The recent waves do not attract me at all,� Roy clarified addressing a press conference at the Silchar District Congress office on Friday.
He was quick to add that he has not hateful feelings for the BJP and other political parties.
Interestingly, reacting on his pictures with Prime Minister Narendra Modi which has created a lot buzz in the media and among the people and of his chances to shift camps, the flamboyant minister said that a certain Gautam Gupta (who was once a close aide of the minister) had posted the pictures which were taken during his visit with Modi when the latter was the Chief Minister of Gujarat. Roy said that Gautam Gupta is no longer associated with him.
On the other hand, asked about the reasons for his and the party�s loss in the Assembly elections, Roy replied saying that the former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi is a good but a complacent man who had blind trust upon AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi which is why Congress faced a bone crushing defeat. Roy said that Tarun Gogoi had the rub of the green going his way over the past 15 years. �There was a lack of communication between the Chief Minister and his team of ministers together with their lack of will to complete the schemes meant for the public. The foot soldiers and cadres of Congress worked for the party but Gogoi enjoyed the fruits of success. Bureaucracy dominated our intent to work and everything progressed on a sloppy manner. There was no dearth of funds, but our complacent attitude towards the tasks gave the BJP the scope to break into and win the hearts of the people in the form of votes,� Roy maintained.
Asked about the BJP�s claim of rampant corruption during the Congress Government, Roy said that he sees no such instance of foul measures and welcomed a thorough investigation of the allegations. He expressed happiness over the fact that the PWD minister is from Barak Valley and said that people have high hopes on the minister to improve the dilapidated roads. He said that a dynamic leader preferably Bhubaneswar Kalita or Ripun Bora must take charge of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee.