Golkar Party Chairperson Airlangga Hartarto began bluntly insinuating his rival in the stock exchange for candidate for chairman, Bambang Soesatyo alias Bamsoet. Reportedly, Airlangga opened up the possibility of removal of Bamsoet from the chair of the People's Consultative Assembly.
Airlangga did not respond firmly on the grounds that the issue of dismissing Bamsoet from the MPR chair was not included in the agenda of the Golkar National Conference which would soon be held.
"The context is that the questionable agenda is not on the agenda, I guarantee," Airlangga said at the Golkar DPP office, Slipi, West Jakarta, Monday, December 2, 2019.
But Airlangga then quipped when asked whether he would embrace Bamsoet as if he were re-elected as Golkar Chairperson. "Now just embraced beaten up, how about that," he said.
Airlangga and its supporters consider Bamsoet to renege on its commitment because it continues to advance as a candidate for the Golkar Chairperson. In fact, the Deputy Coordinator for the Primary Section of the Golkar DPP has successfully become the Chair of the MPR.
The head of the Golkar faction in the MPR, Idris Laena, said that in terms of regulations, Bamsoet could be removed from his current position. "If we talk about the applicable tatib, it should be possible to withdraw the leadership of the MPR that is not in line with the party," Idris told Tempo, Sunday night, December 1, 2019.
Idris explained, the MPR's ruling set five points for dismissing the leadership of the MPR. A person can be dismissed from that position if: (1) dies, (2) resigns, (3) is dismissed, (4) is dismissed because he serves in another high institution, and (5) is requested or withdrawn by his party.