GUWAHATI: In a major setback for the Opposition party Assam Congress, its Assam Mariani Constituency MLA Rupjyoti Kurmi has resigned from the assembly and blamed the party leadership for its performance in Assam Election 2021.
I'm leaving Congress as High Command in Delhi & Guwahati leaders give priority to elderly leaders only. We'd told them Congress has good chance of coming to power this time & we shouldn't forge alliance with AIUDF as it would be a mistake. It indeed was: Assam MLA Rupjyoti Kurmi.
Kurmi, who has been elected to the Assam assembly for consecutive four times, has submitted his resignation papers to the Assembly speaker on Friday.
Before going to submit the resignation papers, the four time MLA openly criticized and vented anger against some Assam Congress leaders including its president Ripun Bora. He categorically blamed APCC president Bora for the party's recent poll debacles.
"After the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, I appealed Ripun Bora to quit the president post in a party meeting organise to find out the cause of our dismal performances. But he did not pay heed to me. So, our party has to pay the price, " said Kurmi adding that Rockeybool Hossain is also responsible for the Grand Old party's election debacles. He also criticized the opposition leader, Debabrat Saikia.
However, Kurmi revealed that he became disgruntled as he was ignored by the party leadership. " I knew it well that the party high command will not elevate me as the APCC president. The high command totally ignored me," he said.