Rupjyoti Kurmi, four-time Congress MLA from Mariani in upper Assam, resigned from the party and Assembly on Friday, 18 June. He said that he is likely to join the BJP next week.
Meanwhile, the Congress expelled Kurmi from the primary membership of the party with immediate effect for his “anti-party activities.”
“Rahul Gandhi is unable to shoulder leadership. If he’s at the helm, the party won’t move forward,” Kurmi was quoted by news agency ANI as saying.
"My mother was a three-time MLA and was also a minister. She died in 2004. I was denied the party ticket to contest in the bypolls. The party gave me a ticket in 2006. I have been elected to the Assam Assembly from the Mariani constituency since 2006. I have now realised that the party leadership doesn't hear the voice of the small community and party workers," Kurmi added.
The Congress now has only 28 MLAs in the House of 123, after Kurmi’s resignation and the death of two MLAs earlier this year.
“Having worked for the party for so long I leave with a heavy heart and wish them well,” he said, indicating that at least two more MLAs were likely to join the BJP soon, reported Outlook.
(With inputs from Outlook)
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