NEW DELHI, April 20 � In keeping with the stand of the AICC, Congress-ruled Assam government will not endorse the Land Acquisition Bill currently pending passage in the Lok Sabha.
This was disclosed by Assam Congress president Anjan Dutta after a meeting with party president Sonia Gandhi here today.
Earlier, a 155-member delegation of the Assam Congress led by Dutta and comprising ministers, MLAs and party workers, met the Congress president at her 10 Janpath residence. The delegation included Rakibul Hussain, Durlabh Chamua, Debabrata Saikia, Rekibuddin Ahmed and others.
The delegation was in the capital to take part in the Kissan Rally on Sunday. The Congress delegation that landed in the capital to take part in the rally included Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and former union minister Bijoy Krishna Handique among others.
Meanwhile, the list of Congress office-bearers and executive is yet to be cleared by the AICC, as AICC general secretary Dr CP Joshi is still holding �wider consultations�. The list being vetted by the AICC general secretary is likely to be forwarded to the Congress president for approval soon, said sources.
However, what has queered Dutta�s pitch is the criterion introduced by the AICC that executive members and office-bearers would have to opt out of contesting the Assembly polls scheduled for next year.
Thereafter, most of those whose names were included in the list submitted by Dutta earlier last month, are learnt to have expressed their inability to work for the organisation, leaving the State president high and dry, said sources.
Adding to Dutta�s woes, the Chief Minister has reportedly conveyed to Dr Joshi that he was not consulted when the list was drawn up, added sources.