Denied election ticket, Assam BJP minister joins Congress

Miffed with the denial of ticket for the Assam assembly elections, minister Sum Ronghang has resigned from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and has joined the Congress on March 7.

Hill areas development and mines and minerals minister Sum Ronghang was unhappy with the BJP as chosen Bidya Sing Engleng as its candidate from the Diphu constituency which was represented by the minister.

Ronghang joined the Congress in presence of AICC general secretary Jitendra Singh and the party’s state unit chief Ripun Bora.

“I did not like the way I was denied the ticket. I performed my duties with full dedication. I did not get the ticket due to the conspiracy of certain individuals,” Ronghang told reporters without elaborating.

The minister alleged that the BJP functions in a “non-transparent manner”.

“I felt that I will not be able to serve my people by staying in the BJP. That is why I have left the party and joined the Congress,” Ronghang said.

Though Bora declined to comment on whether Ronghang will be given a ticket, Congress sources said that his name is being considered for the Diphu seat in Karbi Anglong district.

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