Justifying his opposition to alliances with other parties in Assam, chief minister Tarun Gogoi said such alliances had resulted in bad results for Congress in Uttar Pradesh.
"It was a big mistake. The Congress base in Uttar Pradesh eroded because of alliances with other parties. In Assam, we have rebuilt our base and that is why we oppose any alliances of the Congress with others in Assam," said Gogoi, a three-term CM and a veteran Congressman.
He said Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had held out the organisational set-up in Assam and Kerala as the best in the country.
Gogoi admitted India's new attitude towards its neighbours - Myanmar and Bangladesh - was paying rich dividends in terms of business and the fight against insurgency.
These measures are crucial for Assam and the northeast in view of the Look East policy being pursued by the government, he added.
In response to reports that China is building three dams over the Tsangpo river which becomes the Brahmaputra in Assam, Gogoi said while a strong watch is being maintained, no diversion of the river is evidently planned.
Gogoi also touched upon the demand for a separate time-zone for the northeast region and said that while granting the demand was not a problem, the issue had not come up for deliberation at meetings.