Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday rejected the resignation offer made by Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, following decimation of the party in the State in the Lok Sabha elections
“The Congress president outrightly rejected the Chief Minister’s offer to resign,” State Agriculture Minister Nilamoni Sen Deka told journalists after a meeting with Mr. Gogoi.
Mr. Gogoi met Ms. Gandhi and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, after which he went into a huddle with more than a dozen of his supporters, mostly State Ministers, MLAs and two former Union Ministers, at his residence here.
Ms. Gandhi has authorised Mr. Gogoi to revamp the party in the State, Congress sources said.
As a first step, he will reshuffle his council of Ministers after June 1, when he completes three years in office in his third term.
A day after the Congress won just three of 14 Lok Sabha seats in Assam, Mr. Gogoi, who has been Chief Minister since 2001, said he would quit within a week. On Thursday, he met Ms. Gandhi to offer his resignation.
Earlier in the day, Mr. Gogoi met Congress treasurer Motilal Vora and general secretary in-charge of Assam C. P. Joshi.