Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Tuesday cracked down on dissidents pressing for his ouster sacking two ministers and accepting the resignation of top rebel leader Himant Biswa Sarma.
Irrigation and Soil Conservation Minister Ardhendu Dey and Cooperation and Border Areas Minister Siddique Ahmed were removed from the ministry and the resignation of Health and Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s resignation was accepted and forward to the Governor, Chief Minister’s Office sources said.
They said the two ministers were dropped for “going against” the government and the chief minister and also for “anti-party” activities.
Gogoi officially conveyed to Governor J B Patnaik about the dismissal of the two ministers, the sources added.
Gogoi conveyed to Congress President Sonia Gandhi about Sarma’s resignation and forwarded his letter to Patnaik, according to the sources.
The action came a day after the Congress central leadership described the rebellion in Assam, as also by Narayan Rane in Maharashtra, as driven by some leaders’ “personal ambition”.
Gogoi said “the people of Assam are politically mature enough to know that Himanta’s resignation was a drama”.