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Thursday, November 26, 2009

‘Gautam Roy desperate to win minority votes in 2011 election’

SILCHAR, Nov 26: Excise Minister Gautam Roy has decided to depute Salim Uddin, the only Muslim ward commissioner in Hailakandi, as the Vice-President of the Hailakandi Municipality Board. The decision was taken by Roy as a last bid to win minority votes in the 2011 Assembly election and to remove the “anti-Muslim” tag from his name, observers said.

The recent ego clash between Roy and South Karimganj MLA Siddique Ahmed and Karimganj Zila Parishad Chairman Mantaj Ali sparked communal strife between the Hindus and the Muslims. Roy, during the clash, almost lost his grip in electoral politics as minority votes happen to be the deciding factor in his home district Hailakandi.

It was also revealed in a press meet held recently that Ahmed was being backed by Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. Sarma stated that the State Government was unhappy with the recent clashes between the party members and wanted all the political parties of Barak Valley to work in unison for the development of the region.

Roy, who was also present in the press meet, was intelligent enough to realize that his powerful cabinet colleague would not stand for him in his ego clash with Siddique Ahmed. Sources said Gogoi was annoyed at the whole affair as this would result into an erosion in the party’s Muslim vote bank. THE SENTINEL

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