Man without a Plan
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