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Goswami re-elected legislature party leader

Wednesday 17 May 2006, by TALUKDAR*Sushanta

AGP panel owns up poll debacle

Guwahati: Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) president Brindaban Goswami was unanimously re-elected leader of the AGP Legislature Party on Tuesday.

The decision came a day after the steering committee of the regional party, owned responsibility for the poll debacle and resigned en masse on Monday.

Since the AGP’s strength in the House is 24, Mr Goswami will also get the status of the Leader of Opposition.

Though Mr. Goswami proposed the name of senior leader Phani Bhusan Choudhury for the post, Mr. Choudhury declined to accept it and proposed that Mr. Goswami be re-elected.

The meeting, attended by 23 party MLAs, also elected Chandramohan Patowary as the Chief Whip and Phani Bhusan Choudhury as general secretary.

Mr. Goswami told reporters that the central executive committee meeting, to be convened on June 2, would make a detailed analysis of the poll outcome.

A new steering committee would also be constituted.

The AGP steering committee, which stood behind Mr. Goswami, said in its resolution that the party president could not be held solely responsible for the poll defeat as all decision relating to the elections were taken by it.

Mr. Goswami said that the people’s verdict was that they should sit in the Opposition and hence the party would play the role of a strong Opposition and highlight important issues such as implementation of the Assam Accord, besides permanent solutions to the insurgency problem, problems of flood and erosion.

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