Assam BJP gaining strength, leaders beeline to join party
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, March 1: The BJP in Assam is gaining strength, as though every other month. The two successive wins by the party in the recent elections have made a number of its leaders who had deserted the party to stage homecoming, besides leaders of student and social organizations who want to make political debut. Estranged leaders from other parties also join the party with their eyes set on 2016 Assembly elections in the state.
In the presence of state BJP president Siddhartha Bhattacharyya, Ashok Singal and Mridula Kakati who had deserted the party, joined to party again today. While Singal was a prominent BJP leader in the state, Mridula Kakati was the vice president of the Mahila Morcha of the state BJP.
“Since they were our own leaders, we welcome them back to the party fold,” Bhattacharyya said.
This is an open secret that the two BJP deserters staged a comeback to the party with their eyes set on the 2016 Assembly elections. This may create tussle for party tickets in the forthcoming Assembly elections in the state. Along with Singal and Kakati, a number of Congress and AGP leaders also joined the BJP today before the state president of the party.
According to party sources, a number of student and social leaders who can bring decisive changes in the state politics have lined up to join the BJP. Of late, there are new reports that former minister and Congress MLA Himanta Biswa Sarma is likely to join the BJP, and he is having parleys with the top-level leaders of the party.
According to party sources, BJP’s tiol president Amit Shah will visit the Guwahati after the Bihu and attend a rally where a number of All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) leaders, leaders of the All Assam Koch Rajbongshi Students’ Union (AKRSU), leaders of the All Assam Tribal Santha (AATS) and others are set to join the BJP.
“AASU president Sankar Prasad Rai, general secretary Tapan Kumar Gogoi, AATS general secretary Adithya Khakhlary, AKRSU leader Atul Rai and many leaders of ethnic communities like the Tai Ahom, Chutia, Mottock, Deori, Mising and others have line up to join the BJP, most probably in the presence of Amit Shah,” party sources said.