GUWAHATI: All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) legislator Phani Talukdar has resigned from the party. With this, the number of MLAs of the party in the Assam cabinet has come down to 15. Talukdar, according to latest reports, may join the BJP on Wednesday.
The AIUDF, which was in alliance with the Congress in the assembly election in the state this year, had managed to win 16 seats, while its ally Congress won 44 seats.
The decision by Talukdar, who submitted his resignation to the party head on Tuesday, but did not mention any reason behind the move, comes shortly after the Congress broke ties with the AIUDF. Speculations were being made from various circles for the past few days that Talukdar, who won from the Bhabanipur Legislative Assembly Constituency in the 2021 election, would quit from the party. As per reports, Talukdar is likely to join the BJP on September 1 (Wednesday).
In August, both the Congress and AIUDF which were in an alliance in this year's assembly polls in Assam, have seen some of their leaders resigning from the party. On August 15, Mahila Congress president and one of the popular faces of the grand old party in the Northeast Sushmita Dev submitted her resignation from the Congress, leaving her colleagues and well-wishers shocked. On August 16, she went to Kolkata and joined the TMC in the presence of TMC leaders Abhishek Banerjee and Derek O'Brien.
Two other Congress MLAs Sushanta Borgohain and Rupjyoti Kurmi deserted the Congress after the assembly polls' results.
The AIUDF, which has made a substantial impact in the political scenario of Assam over the years, was founded by Maulana Badruddin Ajmal in October, 2005. Its headquarters is in Guwahati.