Alongwith Bhupen Bora, senior Congressman Rana Goswami and MLAs Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha and Jakir Hussain Sikdar were appointed working presidents of the Assam unit.
In a statement issued by AICC general secretary KC Venugopal, the party appreciated the contributions of outgoing president Ripun Bora.
Rajya Sabha MP Ripun Bora sent his resignation to the party high command soon after Congress lost the second successive assembly election this year. Though the AICC did not accept his resignation immediately, a search was on for his successor.
“People have given the mandate to Congress to take up the role of a constructive, powerful opposition. I seek blessings from the people of Assam so that I can fulfil my responsibilities with integrity and honesty,” the new Assam PCC chief said. He admitted that it has been a tough phase for Congress in the state’s political history but the party will fight back like it did after the Assam Agitation days.
Bhupen Bora was the Assam Youth Congress president when AGP returned to power in 1996 under the leadership of Prafulla Mahanta.
Assam Congress has been successful in floating the Mahajot in Assam- the alliance of anti-BJP parties with AIUDF, Bodoland People’s Front (BPF), CPM, CPI, CPI-ML (Liberation) and Anchalik Gana Morcha. However, it has failed to get support from Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) and Raijor Dal, two newest regional parties born out of the anti-CAA movement. Congress leaders earlier blamed the differences with AJP and Raijor Dal as one of the prime reasons for their defeat in the 2021 polls, despite improving the opposition tally to 50 in the 126-member Assam assembly.