DISPUR: Assam’s chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday said that he believes that a day will come when all the people and organizations of the state will be aligned with the BJP as he welcomed former Congress MLA Rupjyoti Kurmi to the saffron party.
“It is my firm belief that a day will come when all people and organizations of the state will be associated with the BJP and help in building a strong and developed nation,” Biswa Sarma said.
Sarma added that while the process of inducting people into the BJP from other parties began in 2014, it continued with many leaders joining before the assembly polls this year.
He attributed this to the confidence and faith that people have in prime minister Modi’s vision and leadership.
Lauding Kurmi, Biswa Sarma said that he represents the hopes and aspirations of the people of the state.
“Be it the Assam-Nagaland border issue, development of his constituency and the state, or schemes for the tea tribe community, Kurmi has always been vocal and at the forefront to highlight the issues. We are hopeful that he will continue to work for the development of his constituency and the state,” he said.
Kurmi, a four-time MLA, was in the Congress for a longer period “than me and will have a better understanding of that party and reasons for leaving it”, Sarma said.
After joining the BJP, Kurmi said that he seeks to work for the development and progress of the people and the state.
Kurmi said that the vision of the chief minister to work for the indigenous population, safeguard their rights and check the growth of a minority community have been the major motivating factors to join the BJP.
Kurmi resigned from the Congress and as an MLA on June 18, alleging that both the national and state leaders of the party ignore the grassroot-level workers, the youths and the marginalised communities.
Son of former Congress minister Rupam Kurmi, he represented the Mariani constituency in Golaghat district for four consecutive terms since 2006.
Kurmi is the second Congress MLA to join the BJP with former Congress minister and Golaghat legislator Ajanta Neog switching over before the polls.
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