However, the Congress succeeded in getting three seats in total. Commenting on the situation against the chief minister, Gogoi a local vernacular newspaper published a cartoon depicting the discussion between Gaurav Gogoi with his father telling him that since he himself would have to stay at New Delhi being a member of Lok Sabha and situation in Assam do not seem favorable for the Gogoi family they should consider to settle in the Indian capital.
Interestingly, another media report revealed that on 13th May 2014, the Cabinet Committee of Accommodation (CCA) has approved 5, Janapath, New Delhi, house in favor of Tarun Gogoi as ‘reward for forming the Congress-led government in Assam thrice’ in a series. Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary Ahmed Patel, handed over the keys of the house to Gogoi recently as soon as he entered 10, Janapath to submit his resignation before the party high command. Just after the end of voting on May 12 last, the approval was given by CCA.
However, it is said that there was nothing wrong and no violation of electoral conduct. CCA confirmed that before the taking oath of a new government the caretaker government could take any decision.
The political circles are astonished on such decision of the Congress high command. It is said that Gogoi has promised before Sonia and Rahul that he would gift 10 seats from the state, in anticipation of the same this reward was considered for him.
Secondly, Gogoi has said to Man Mohan Singh, that his son, Gaurav was contesting from Kaliabor which was earlier held by his brother. Since he would be entering parliament for the first time he won’t be in position to get big house.
For regular official visits the CM needs a house to stay in Delhi. May be this was not the reason behind such approval. But the former chief ministers of Maharashtra, Himachal and Uttarakhand after retiring from the Central cabinet returned to their states, but did not vacate the house at Delhi.
The Congress high command rejected Gogoi’s resignation and he was rewarded the house. He was also consoled that the defeat of his party was not only in Assam, but throughout the country.
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