Two-time Congress MLA Sushanta Borgohain on Friday resigned from the party and will join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Borgohain, who won from the Thowra constituency in upper Assam, will join the saffron party in Guwahati on August 2 in the presence of Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and BJP state president Bhabesh Kalita.
He will also resign from his membership in the Assam Legislative Assembly and tender his resignation letter to Assam Assembly Speaker Biswajit Daimary on Saturday.
In his resignation letter addressed to state Congress president Bhupen Borah, the Thowra MLA blamed the present “internal political atmosphere” in the party which forced him to take the decision.
Borgohain said the prevailing situation in the Assam Congress forced him to take the “painful” decision despite his efforts to help the party remain relevant in the state.
“Unfortunately, all the efforts in this direction proved futile, compelling me to take this ultimate decision and the exact reasons for such a painful move on my part have already been conveyed to the senior leadership of the party both in the state and at the centre,” Borgohain wrote in his letter to the Assam Congress president.
Sushanta Borgohain is the second Assam MLA from the Congress to quit the party since the Himanta Biswa Sarma-led BJP government took charge in the state.
Last month, four-time MLA from Mariani Rupjyoti Kurmi resigned from the Congress party to join the BJP.