Guwahati: Tarun Gogoi who led Congress back to power in Assam was on Tuesday unanimously elected as the Leader of the Assam Pradesh Congress Legislature Party for the third consecutive term.

The resolution to elect Gogoi as CLP leader was read out by the state Congress president Bhubaneswar Kalita.

Gogoi's name was proposed by Bhumidar Barman and seconded by Rameswar Dhanowar, senior MLAs G C Langthasa, Amiya Gogoi and Chandan Sarkar.

All newly elected Congress MLAs then raised their hands in support of Gogoi. He was elected in the presence of Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, AICC general secretary, Congress in-charge of Assam Digvijay Singh and Union DoNER Ministry Bijoy Handique.

Gogoi is scheduled to take oath as Chief Minister on Wednesday at the Raj Bhawan and then go to Delhi for consultations with the party high command to finalise his ministry. "It is the love and blessings of the people of Assam which helped the Congress to gain such a huge mandate of 78 out of the 126 Assembly seats," Gogoi said after his election.

"Our responsibilities have increased as people have a lot of hope and expectations from us. We cannot be complacent, but must remain alert and cautious. MLAs have to work very
hard to uphold the peoples' faith in us."

People want economic development, peace, solution of problems like poverty, unemployment and floods and the state to march forward, he said.

Gogoi said the peace process with insurgent groups had been initiated and people are hoping that permanent peace would return.

He also thanked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Union Finance Minister Pranab Myukherjee, AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh and Rahul Gandhi for the victory.

Agencies