Friday, October 30, 2009

Gautam Roy seeks truce with Ahmed

SILCHAR, Oct 28: In the backdrop of his lost battle in Karimganj district, Excise Minister Gautam Roy has expressed his desire for truce with South Karimganj MLA Siddeque Ahmed. And for this Roy has requested his Cabinet colleague Nazrul Islam to initiate for a truce with Ahmed who also happens to be an associate Congress MLA, sources said.

According to reports, Islam admitted that he had been approached by Roy for the truce. “All three of us are Congressmen and, therefore, it is my duty to bring all of them together,” Islam said.

Meanwhile Ahmed said he has no objection to sit for talks with Roy but the latter must confirm that he would not intervene into the affairs of Karimaganj district.

According to reports, Ahmed was once a very close aide of Roy but later on waged a war against him. Also, he along with Zila Parishad president Mantaj Ali, who recently won the no-confidence motion allegedly instigated by Roy, and Srikanta Bhattacharjee, a veteran ward councillor who was denied the Karimganj Municipality Board chairman’s post, recently met Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to discuss the matter with him.

The sources said the trio informed Gogoi about the autocracy of Roy in Karimganj district and urged him to direct Roy not to intervene into the affairs of the district. The Chief Minister, after hearing from the three, asked both the camps to refrain from mudslinging each other and expressed his displeasure on the turn of events that had taken in the district.

It was further reported that Siddeque Ahmed had requested Gogoi, in the meeting, to replace in-charge Minister of Karimganj Nurjamal Sarkar with either Himata Biswa Sarma or Dinesh Prasad Goala. THE SENTINEL

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