Although the three AGP ministers resigned from the state ministry headed by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on January 10, their resignation is yet to be accepted.
Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi stated this on Wednesday while adding that Atul Bora, Phani Bhushan Choudhury and Keshav Mahanta are still ministers as the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) is yet to inform the Raj Bhavan about their resignation from the state Cabinet.
“I have heard that the Chief Minister’s Office is yet to send the resignations to the Governor. If the Chief Minister sends the resignations to the Governor he is bound to accept those. However, I fail to understand as to why the Chief Minister has not sent the resignations of the three Ministers,” said Gogoi.
It may be mentioned here that the AGP had broken away from the BJP-led alliance in Assam on January 7, a day ahead of the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in the Lok Sabha.
On January 10, the three AGP ministers met Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and tendered their resignations. However, it assumes significance as to why the resignations are yet to be accepted although six days have already passed
“Why the three ministers have not been exerting pressure on the Chief Minister to accept their resignations?”Gogoi questioned.
On contacted, Sanjib Gohain Baruah, Secretary to Assam Governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi said, “We are not aware about this. You can contact the Chief Minister’s Office in this regard.”
The Chief Minister’s Office also expressed their ignorance over the issue.
While Atul Bora and Phani Bhushan Choudhury did not respond to our attempt to contact them, the phone of Keshab Mahanta was found switched off.
The former Chief Minister’s point has, however, raised the questions about the resignations of the three AGP ministers—is it a drama? Are they coming back to the government?