GUWAHATI: What appears to be in-fighting among the ranks of the Assam Pradesh Youth Congress has surfaced barely months before Assembly elections in Assam. A tell-all leaked phone call recording between former Assam Youth Congress Secretary Pritam Karmakar and Congress Leader and Assam Youth Congress President Kamrul Islam Choudhury is spreading like wildfire on the internet.
According to reports, Karmakar had appointed a few new members as Youth Congress Secretaries in Upper Assam as per Vice President Ankita Dutta’s orders. However, Choudhury
When this came to Choudhury’s knowledge, he reportedly called Pritam Karmakar and abused him using unparliamentary words.
Choudhury can also be heard demanding Karmakar to come to Assam. In the same clip, the Youth Congress President accused Karmakar of taking "bribe" from the newly-appointed Secretaries.
A source in the Youth Congress has informed Inside Northeast that the ruckus broke out primarily over the appointment of Secretaries in Upper Assam's Dhemaji.
The Committee was reportedly extended after consultations with Dutta and the District President. For approval, All India Youth Congress Secretary Pritam Karmakar was approached, to which he gave his nod. This reportedly did not go down well with Kamrul who called Karmakar in a fit of rage and hurled abuses and threats.
According to our sources, there is simmering discontent in the Youth Congress ranks due to Kamrul's attempts to control Upper Assam. "The other Youth Congress leaders rarely have a say in the appointments," a source pipped.
Meanwhile, Arup Talukdar, a former Youth Congress Secretary who was suspended for slapping a party-mate at an Executive meeting, has questioned why the party leadership has turned a blind eye towards the President's "indiscipline."
"I have accepted my suspension. However, I fail to understand why there is no action against the President. How can he abuse the in-charge of the party and get away with it? I am going to the Rajiv Bhawan in Guwahati to question these double standards", he told Inside Northeast.
Srinivas BV, the President of the Indian National Youth Congress, told Inside Northeast that he a complaint against Kamrul Islam Choudhury is yet to be lodged. "However, as and when it is registered, we shall look into it," he said.
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