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Stage set for showdown today

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, July 20 � Speculation and hype continue to build in the State�s political circuit with a section of the dissident MLAs refusing to settle for anything less than a change in leadership, even as the Congress high command has reportedly refused to buckle under pressure.

Although a section of the dissident MLAs had set Monday as the �day of change� even if the high command did not agree to their demand, a mood swing among some of the members of the rebel camp became apparent after the AICC reportedly threw its weight behind Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.

Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who has been leading the dissident group, tweeted that the Chief Minister has invited him at 8 pm today for a meeting and that he is going to meet him. Sarma, however, maintained that he had not sought any appointment with the Chief Minister.

The meeting between Chief Minister Gogoi and Sarma remained �inconclusive�. A team of dissidents led by Sarma is expected to sit for a second round of meeting tomorrow.

Sarma, who sat for a meeting with the dissident group immediately after his meeting with the Chief Minister, told mediapersons that his meeting with the Chief Minister centred round talks about the current political scenario, which pointed to an apparent attempt to duck questions on the deadline that a group of dissident MLAs had set to topple the Chief Minister.

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