The dissident MLAs have threatened to dislodge Gogoi as the Leader of Congress Legislature Party (ACLP) if the central leadership fails to pay heed to their demand.

According to reports, the disgruntled MLAs may hold a press conference later in the day to reiterate their demand for removing Gogoi as the Chief Minister and the Leader of Assam Congress Legislature Party.

Earlier, Co-operation and Border Areas Development Minister Siddeque Ahmed had demanded the removal of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi for "failing" to stop recurrent violence in the Bodoland Territorial Area Districts.

"The Chief Minister has completely failed in maintaining law and order. Why are such incidents happening repeatedly in BTAD? I have said earlier also and now again demanding that he should be removed immediately," Ahmed said.

Gogoi and Ahmed have been at loggerheads in recent days with the Chief Minister last week warning him of "strong action" for "questioning the party high command".

Ahmed had said that some dissident MLAs might boycott the Budget Session of the Assembly next month, while some MLAs were contemplating to hold a 'dharna' in front of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's residence in New Delhi to demand Gogoi's ouster.
The dissident MLAs, claimed to be around 55 in number among the 77 Congress legislators in the Assembly of 126 members, have proposed the name of Education and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma as a replacement for Gogoi.


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