GUWAHATI, Jan 7: The controversy over the issue of the next State BJP president is getting murkier by the day.
Amid reports of selection of Bihali MLA Ranjit Dutta as the new Assam BJP president, the central leadership of the party today indicated that the name of the next State BJP chief would be formally announced in a day or two.
A section of the media, citing the source of BJP general secretary (organizing) Ramlal, had recently reported that Ranjit Dutta was selected by the BJP leadership as the president of the Assam unit of the party. The news seemed to have added to the confusion in the Assam BJP camp as the majority of the party workers were not ready to support Dutta as the State BJP president.
Seven candidates had filed nomination papers for the proposed December-30 State BJP president election. They were Ranjit Dutta, Rajen Gohain, Nakul Barua, Palit Bora, Siddartha Bhattacharjee, Kulendu Daulangupa and Dr Mrinal Dutta. The election was, however, postponed at the last moment in order to find a consensus candidate for the top party post in the State.
According to sources, after having talks with BJP leaders, MLAs, and party councillors in the State, BJP election observer Dharmendra Pradhan had submitted a report to the central BJP leadership on the process of Assam BJP president election. The report contained the names of only four candidates -- Ranjit Dutta, Rajen Gohain, Nakul Barua and Palit Bora. Dutta, Gohain, Barua and Bora then started lobbying separately with BJP leaders in New Delhi.
Central BJP leaders V Satish and P Chandra Shekhar and State-level leaders like Indramoni Bora and Harekrishna Bharali put pressure on the BJP leadership in New Delhi to select Ranjit Dutta as the Assam BJP president. And at the time the media reported the selection of Dutta as the new State BJP chief, sources said.
Meanwhile, State BJP president Ramen Deka called for review of the reported selection of Dutta as the Assam BJP president.
BJP leaders were learnt to have had a meeting on the issue in New Delhi today. Three BJP MPs from Assam are reportedly in Delhi to pressurize the party’s central leadership to cancel the reported selection of Ranjit Dutta as the Assam BJP president. THE SENTINEL