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State Cong to have new president by Oct 15
PRANJAL BHUYAN
 GUWAHATI, Oct 2 - The organisational restructuring of the Congress party in Assam will get over soon with a new president of the State unit to be announced before October 15.

Sources in the Congress told The Assam Tribune that Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Ripun Bora is likely to be given another term at the helm of affairs, though a few other names are also floating around.

“All India Congress Committee (AICC) chief and our party leader Sonia Gandhi is expected to announce the name of the new APCC president before October 15. It is almost certain that Ripun Bora will be given another term. There is really no other contender at this moment. However, there is always a possibility of a last-minute surprise,” said a senior APCC leader on condition of anonymity.

The organisational elections in the APCC had started in the first half of August.

“The election process has been completed in all 274 organisational block committees and 33 district committees of our party in Assam. Now, once the name of the new APCC chief is announced, the process will be completed,” said a leader.

He added, “For us, the organisational polls assume significance this time as they are the first ones after we lost power at Dispur in 2016. So for us, this is an opportunity to go for a radical make-over of the party in Assam and revive our organisation to face the panchayat polls slated for early 2018 as well as the Lok Sabha polls of 2019.”

Sources said that besides Ripun Bora, the names of APCC vice president Pradyut Bordoloi and senior leaders Bhupen Borah and Rakibul Hussain are also doing the rounds.

But many APCC insiders admitted that Ripun Bora is the frontrunner. Former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has already ruled himself out of the race for APCC president.

Besides Assam, the Congress’ internal polls are being held in other states as well. At the national level also, a new Congress president is likely to be elected later this month.

There is a strong speculation that Sonia Gandhi may step aside and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi may step formally into the leadership role.

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