Guwahati: Two senior Congress leaders, Santiuse Kujur and Gautam Roy, who resigned from the party on August 10th, 2019, officially joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Guwahati on August 11th, 2019.
A veteran leader from the Barak Valley region, Roy served in the cabinet of three-time former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi. He was expelled from the party for “anti-party” activities on August 10th, 2019. On the other hand, Kujur, in a letter to the party, said his resignation was a ‘personal decision’.
The two resignations come on the heels of veteran leader and Rajya Sabha chief whip Bhubaneswar Kalita resigning from the party and joining the BJP. In his resignation letter, Kalita slammed the Congress for opposing the government’s decision to scrap Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.
Kujur, who hails from Udalguri district, is reportedly eyeing the Rangapara Assembly seat. His tenure in Rajya Sabha had ended along with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on June 14th, 2019.
Along with Roy and Kujur, Hiranya Kumar Bhuyan, former president of Assam Pradesh Youth Congress, also switched over to the BJP on August 11th, 2019.