SPLIT WIDE OPEN
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Health and Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma dislike each other and it’s hurting Assam. On August 5, Sarma left for Delhi despite being instructed by the Chief Minister to go to Kokrajhar and monitor relief camps. Sarma spread reports that the Congress high command called him to Delhi to coordinate northeastern MPs for the vice- presidential polls. Gogoi, however, says it’s nonsense: “I asked Ahmed Patel. He denied calling Sarma.” Turns out it was for lobbying against Gogoi in Delhi, which clearly matters more to Sarma than the acute crisis facing the state— where over four lakh people are suffering.