A New Congress Exit In Assam With A Sharp Message For Leadership
The Congress in Assam suffered a blow at the moment as its most vocal and outstanding MLA stop the celebration and declared he would be a part of the ruling BJP on Monday. Rupjyoti Kurmi complained that the Congress had stopped listening to youthful leaders and predicted the celebration’s downfall if Rahul Gandhi continued to name the pictures.
Mr Kurmi, a four-time MLA, additionally stop the state meeting. Soon after, the Congress introduced his expulsion.
The exit comes days after the Congress misplaced former Union Minister Jitin Prasada, one in every of its high faces in Uttar Pradesh, to the BJP.
Mr Kurmi known as it a troublesome determination, provided that he was born to a Congress household and his mom was a state minister.
The Congress has 29 MLAs within the state meeting and can now be one much less. Mr Kurmi was the Congress’s lone MLA representing the tea tribe group.
“I was born to a Congress family; we grew up in Congress culture. I used to put up posters, I served tea in meetings. My mother was a minister…I have been a soldier of Congress. That is why it is a difficult decision,” Mr Kurmi informed NDTV in an unique interview.
He mentioned the celebration ignored his recommendation towards any tie-up with the AIUDF and paid for it within the April-May election in Assam, wherein the BJP was reelected.
“I requested the high command before the Assam polls that the alliance with AIUDF will be detrimental to the Congress in upper Assam; they did not listen to me but I was proved correct. I felt that the high command in Delhi and the high command in Assam did not listen to us. I felt like the Congress does not want the youth to grow. It does not want to promote young leaders from backward classes like tea garden workers or tribals, so I decided that I will quit the Congress,” Mr Kurmi mentioned.
Before the Assam election, he had shut down rumours that he was switching to the BJP. He defined his obvious change of coronary heart.
“The way Himanta Biswa Sarma is leading the state is commendable. The way he has started cracking down on the drug menace etc has impressed me,” he mentioned of the Chief Minister, whose transfer from to the BJP in 2015 contributed to his former celebration Congress’s fall not simply in Assam however in different northeastern states as effectively.
On Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, Mr Kurmi mentioned: “Rahul ji can’t do anything. He is responsible for the downfall of the Congress. The results of the recent state elections is a clear sign that the Congress will keep suffering if it gives importance to Rahul Gandhi. It will keep losing its relevance.
Congress Leader Debabrata Saikia, reacting to the development, said: “He was a really loyal celebration employee and senior chief and had some points relating to choices of the celebration. We couldn’t focus on these points that he had flagged relating to coverage of the celebration.” He added that it was “not appropriate” to leave the party this way.
For the BJP, it is a big gain. “I feel he’s an asset for any celebration. He is my buddy and I used to be within the Congress too; nobody can defeat him in his constituency so if he joins our celebration he will probably be a giant asset,” mentioned Piyush Hajarika, state Parliamentary Affairs Minister, who was beforehand within the Congress.