Guwahati: Stating that it would be difficult for anyone from Congress to fill into the shoes of his late father Tarun Gogoi, Congress young Turk from Assam, Gaurav Gogoi, Friday said that the “Grand Alliance” will form the next government in Assam and the chief minister will be from the Congress party.
Talking exclusively to the United News of India, Congress Member of Parliament from Kaliabor constituency in Assam, junior Gogoi said that a vacuum has been created in the Congress after the demise of his father Tarun Gogoi and it would be difficult for anyone to fill that void.
“Congress party leading up to the elections, there was only one person, who commanded respect among the party members and among people was my late father. After that, we are all trying to walk on the path and his ideals and all of us are motivated to form the next government,” Gogoi said.
Tarun Gogoi, the longest-serving chief minister of Assam was the mainstay of the state’s political scene for nearly two decades, died on November 23 last year. He was 86.
However, Mr Gaurav Gogoi who was the in-charge of the Congress manifesto in Assam said at any given situation in the post-election scenario, the chief minister will surely be from Congress.
On talks of being he propped up as Chief Ministerial candidate, Gogoi said, “As of now I am focused on winning elections for “Mahajot”. I am not after any seat….party has a given me lot of responsibility I am happy with that.”
The deputy leader in the Lok Sabha for Congress, Gogoi said that his party will follow the time tested formula before taking any decision on the selection of the chief minister’s name.
The Congress, which was earlier in power for 15 years in Assam since 2001, had initially formed the Grand Alliance with the AIUDF, CPI, CPI(M), CPI(ML) and the Anchalik Gana Morcha (AGM) to fight the assembly polls against the BJP led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
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