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From 50 Years Ago: ASSAM

Vol IV, No 22 may 31, 1969


Search for a Successor

Chief Minister Chaliha’s health is failing and the imminence of his retirement has caused his deputies in the Congress to start the race for leadership. The problem, however, is that there is no one in the Cabinet who commands the respect and loyalty of the party…

That Chaliha’s successor will be chosen from the traditional power elite within the State Congress is taken for granted. As a result, no one has so far mentioned the name either of Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed or Chatra Singh Teron. Ahmed is an able man, although he is now tied down to the Centre. But the principle of induction being not unknown in Congress politics, he can be brought back to Assam politics. Chatra Singh Teron is a tribal and has the potential for leadership. The current thinking in party circles is, however, in favour of inviting Bijoy Chandra Bhagwati, MP, to lead the party. Bhagwati’s acceptability to the kingmakers as well as to the other aspirants for leadership is well known. He is an elderly, innocuous person with just the qualities to be accepted as a compromise candidate by the various power-seeking groups.

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