Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has appealed to all opposition MLAs to join the ruling BJP.

Sarma’s statement comes a day after four-time Congress MLA Rupjyoti Kurmi announced his plans to join the saffron party.

Mariani constituency MLA Kurmi had announced that he would join the BJP on Monday in Guwahati the presence of the chief minister.

“What will they do in the opposition benches for five years? I would rather say they should join us. Since we are working for the welfare of people irrespective of caste, creed and religion, I appeal to them (opposition members) to join us and work together for the public,” Sarma said.

While resigning from the party, Kurmi had slammed the Congress leadership, alleging that the organisation has become “very weak” as the leaders “do not listen to the voice of the grassroots workers”.

The assembly election results are a testimony of the fact as the party “failed in all the five states” where the polls were held in March and April, he said.

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