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Assam: Two MLAs Expelled from Congress, Former BPF Legislator Joins BJP Ahead of Assembly Elections | India News


GUWAHATI: The ruling BJP got a boost ahead of Assam’s assembly elections early next year, when former minister of state and MLA Ajanta Neog along with two others joined the saffron party on Tuesday.
In addition to Neog, another expelled MLA from Congress, Rajdeep Goala, and former Bodoland Peoples’ Front (BPF) legislator, Banendra Mushahary, went over to the BJP in the presence of the Northeast Democratic Alliance coordinator, Himanta Biswa Sarma, and the president of the state unit of the saffron party, Ranjeet Dass.
Neog is a high-ranking state politician who served as a minister in all three cabinets of veteran congressional leader Tarun Gogoi.
The crossover of the three has been a win for the BJP, which is making every effort to retain power in the state.
On the other hand, the flight of the MLAs has been a setback for Congress, which will go to the polls without its top leader Tarun Gogoi.
Octagenarian Gogoi died on November 23.
Congress had a force of 24 MLA in the 126-member Assam assembly, but now their number has been reduced to 20.
While Tarun Gogoi and former MLA Spokesperson and Titabor Pranab Goigoi died, Neog and Goala have switched to the BJP.
BJP has a total of 60 MLAs after the death of its sole legislator. It enjoys the support of AGP, which has 13 members in the Chamber and one Independent.
Assembly elections are to be held in Assam in March-April 2021.
Neog said he joined the BJP with an “open mind and without any preconditions” and promised to work sincerely to realize the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the party’s state leadership.
Neog, who was a close confidant of former Prime Minister Tarun Gogoi, said she had entered politics after her husband was killed by militants and served the people of the state and Congress.
“Sadly, the (Congress) party that I served for so many years has distanced itself from the people and I was disheartened when I didn’t get due respect,” he said.
Neog, who was elected from the Golaghat constituency four times, said she called on BJP leaders to ensure they receive due respect in the party.
“It is a challenge to leave one house and enter another. The feeling is the same as that of a woman entering the house of her in-laws,” Neog said, adding that he decided to join the BJP because of his “futuristic vision” that is necessary. for a party.
Sarma said that the union of the three prominent state politicians will boost the morale of the BJP and help meet its goal of securing more than 100 seats in the 2021 assembly elections.
Assam BJP President Ranjeet Kumar Dass said that Union Interior Minister Amit Shah had advised the party’s state unit to establish a selection committee to decide on membership entry.
The panel approved the induction of all three, he said.
Neog had met Shah during her recent visit to the state after she was ousted from Congress.
He had also resigned as a member of the Assam assembly.
Goala, who was elected from the Lakhipur constituency in Cachar district, was also expelled from Congress in October for “anti-party activities.”
Mushahary had lost in the Gauripur assembly segment in Dhubri district in the 2016 elections.

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