Man with­out a Plan

India Today - - COVER STORY -

On July 26, while Kokra­jhar was in flames, Go­goi in­ex­pli­ca­bly de­ferred a law and or­der meet­ing sched­uled for 11 a. m., opt­ing in­stead to join his son Gau­rav at a dis­cus­sion to chalk strat­egy for a pri­vate TV chan­nel ac­quired by a close as­so­ciate. “The Chief Min­is­ter’s pri­or­i­ties have changed. The law and or­der meet­ing was even­tu­ally con­vened af­ter 4 p. m.,” says a se­nior min­is­ter who has been in the Cab­i­net since 2001. “The son is Go­goi’s es­sen­tial fo­cus,” says an Up­per As­sam leg­is­la­tor.

Af­ter ig­nor­ing his own par­ty­men’s fran­tic mis­sives about im­pend­ing trou­ble in the BTAD ar­eas on July 7, the Chief Min­is­ter also dis­re­garded MHA’s warn­ings. Chi­dambaram ad­mit­ted dur­ing his July 31 visit that Cen­tral in­tel­li­gence agen­cies had alerted the state gov­ern­ment. The Congress high com­mand is re­port­edly not amused with Go­goi. On July 26, So­nia Gandhi ap­proved a10- per­son co­or­di­na­tion com­mit­tee to mon­i­tor the gov­ern­ment’s func­tion­ing, and a Man­i­festo Im­ple­men­ta­tion Com­mit­tee headed by Pradesh Congress head Bhubaneswar Kalita, Go­goi’s bête noire. This, af­ter state Congress lead­ers from the state warned Delhi that the party could be headed for its worst de­ba­cle in 2016.

Sig­nif­i­cantly, Go­goi has also lost his party its main poll plank of peace and

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