Gautam Roy and Santiuse Kujur

In yet another setback for the Congress, the grand old party in Assam on Saturday lost two of its leaders.

Former Rajya Sabha MP Santiuse Kujur and suspended leader and ex-minister Gautam Roy resigned from the party.

Sources said both Kujur and Roy are likely to join the BJP soon.

Kujur, whose stint as a Rajya Sabha member ended in June this year, in his resignation letter to the AICC president, said that he has quit the party due to ‘personal’ reason.

Roy, an influential Congress leader of the Barak Valley, was suspended from the party in June this year, for his alleged anti-party activities.

Sources close to Roy said he will join the saffron party on Sunday.

The former minister and six-time MLA from Katlicherra said that Congress has suffered from leadership crisis.

Roy, who met Assam BJP president Ranjit Kr Dasss in Guwahati on Saturday, said he would join the saffron party within a day or two.

Earlier on Friday, Bhubaneshwar Kalita, former Congress chief whip in Rajya Sabha, joined the BJP in New Delhi.

Kalita resigned from the House earlier this week opposing the Congress party’s stand on the government’s decisions on Jammu and Kashmir.

On August 8, former three-time Congress MLA from Tinsukia Rajendra Prasad Singh joined the BJP, expressing displeasure against a few Congress leaders.

BJP sources said several other Congress leaders, including, former minister Bharat Narah and Rajya Sabha MP Ranee Narah are in touch with the BJP leadership.

They are likely to join the saffron party soon, sources added.

Avatar photo


Northeast Now is a multi-app based hyper-regional bilingual news portal. Mail us at:

Leave a comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.