GUWAHATI: All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) MLA from Bhabanipur constituency in Assam, Phani Talukdar is likely to resign from the state legislative assembly and join the ruling BJP on September 1.
Earlier, four-time MLA from Mariani constituency, Rupjyoti Kurmi, and Thowra MLA Sushanta Borgohain had quit the Congress and joined the BJP.
A total of five seats — Mariani, Thowra, Majuli, Gossaigaon, and Tamulpur — are currently lying vacant.
Gossaingaon and Tamulpur's seats are lying vacant after both the MLAs succumbed to Covid-19. The figure will go up to six if Talukdar quits AIUDF and resigns from the MLA post to join the BJP.
Phani Talukdar, while speaking to media after a meeting with the BJP and AGP workers at his residence in Bhabanipur said that everyone will come to know on September 1 regarding his joining BJP.
Before the election to the 126-member house, senior leader Ajanta Neog had also switched loyalty from Congress to the BJP. She is currently the finance minister.
On the other hand, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma claimed that Talukdar contacted him several times and showed his willingness to join the party by the last week of August.
Bhabanipur Assembly falls under the newly-created Bajali district of Assam and shares a border with neighboring country Bhutan.
While talking to the media Assam BJP president Bhabesh Kalita in July told the media that Phanidhar Talukdar would join the BJP towards the end of next month.
Meanwhile, just after joining the saffron party, Thowra MLA Sushanta Borgohain resigned from the Congress and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Borgohain has also sent his resignation letter to APCC President Bhupen Borah via email and also submitted a hard copy of the letter.