Kharge addressed a meeting at the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) headquarters, Rajib Bhaban in Guwahati, attended by state party chief Bhubaneswar Kalita, party office-bearers, district committee presidents, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, both his supporting and dissident ministers, MLAs and other party leaders.
    
Kharge replying to reporters' queries if he had discussions on the dissidence issue, said, "No. Only about strengthening the party.”
    
The Chief Minister, whose leadership is being challenged by the dissidents, told the media, "The performance of the Congress in the last Lok Sabha polls, railway fare and freight hike by the Modi Government and price rise were discussed. He urged all to fight the NDA unitedly".     

"There is no need to be disheartened by the Congress’ poll performance. Earlier after poor performance we have again done well", Gogoi said.
    
Health and Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma leading dissidence with 45 MLAs said, "Kharge will individually meet the MLAs and MPs tonight and tomorrow morning."
    
"Kharge asked us to unitedly carry on with our fight against the NDA and Narendra Modi government", Sarma added.

(Agencies)

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