Big jolt for Congress, BPF as five leaders join BJP ahead of bye-poll
The BJP is positive that in the coming days more leaders from the opposition will join the party, which will have a huge impact in the bye-polls, said Assam BJP president Bhabesh Kalita.
A number of opposition leaders joined the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of the Assam bye-polls on October 30, at Vajpayee Bhawan in Hengerabari, Guwahati, on Sunday.
Among the prominent faces to switch loyalty include Congress leaders Pradeep Majhi and Gautam Dhanwar, who are both sons of former Assam Ministers Prithvi Majhi and Rameswar Dhanuwar. Another Congress candidate, Sailen Kalita, who had won the Patacharkuchi Assembly seat in the 2016 Assembly elections, also joined the BJP on Sunday.
Other leaders of the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) namely, Rajiv Brahma and Prabhat Musahari, who are Members of Council Legislative Assembly (MCLA) in the BTC, also switched camps ahead of the bye-polls, signifying the diminishing opposition presence in Assam.
"This joining will have a special impact on Bhabanipur, Gossaigaon, Mariyani and Thaowra. More BPF MCLAs will join the BJP in coming days,” Assam BJP president Bhabesh Kalita, said.
The BJP is positive that in the coming days more leaders from the opposition will join the party, which will have a huge impact in the bye-polls, maintained Kalita while stating that the BPF fort is coming to an end.
The Assam BJP president, however, clarified that United People’s Party Liberal’s (UPPL) Pramod Boro will remain the chief executive member (CEM) of Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC).
The bye-polls to five seats in Assam is slated for October 30, and the BJP is trying to win most of the seats.
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