SILCHAR, Dec 17: Chances of Misbahul Islam Laskar, a former minister in the erstwhile Tarun Gogoi Government, is the frontrunner in the race for the post of Cachar District Congress Committee (DCC). Karnendu Bhattacharjee has been holding the post for almost two-and-a-half decades.
Meanwhile, the All India Congress Committee (AICC) has already appointed Subash Chopra as its Assam Pradesh Returning Officer (PRO) for the organizational polls of the party in the State.
This time too, Bhattacharjee may be in the race for the post as the organizational polls of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) is set to be held early next year. However, the chance of Bhattacharjee for the post is bleak as a 2007 amendment of the party constitution says that no office-bearer can hold a post for two consecutive terms.
Apart from Laskar, district Congress general secretary Pradip Dutta Roy is also in the race. Dutta Roy, however, said that if Bhattacharjee is keen for the post, he will withdraw himself from the race. He said he will prefer to an electoral fight with Laskar, if the situation demands so.
Sources close to Dutta Roy said he has already begun lobbying at the State level. State Excise Minister Gautam Roy and Urban Development Minister Dinesh Prasad Goala first took the initiative to make Laskar the district president removing Bhattacharjee to put pressure on former Union minister Sontosh Mohan Dev. Laskar was once known for his closeness with Dev, but he turned out to be one of Dev’s silent critics when he lost the Assembly election in 2006 from Barkhola, suspecting that Dev might have played against him. THE SENTINEL