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Assam: Sum Ronghang, denied ticket by BJP, to make switch to Congress

GUWAHATI: Sum Ronghang, the BJP leader who was once the CEM of the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC), is likely to join the BJP party ahead of the polls.

Ronghang, who has been denied a party ticket by the BJP-UPPL-AGP alliance, was overlooked in favour of fresh candidate, Bidya Sing Engleng.

The Grand Old Party yesterday announced its first list of candidates who will take part in the first phase of the electoral process — mainly for Seats in the Upper Assam region.

On February 28, with assembly elections less than a month away, the Congress-led alliance in Assam got a boost when the Bodo People’s Front joined it.

Until then, the “mohajut” – as the alliance is called – included the All India United Democratic Front that largely represents the interests of Assam’s Muslims of Bengali origin, three Left parties and a newly formed regional party in addition to the Congress.

The elections to the 126-member Assam assembly will be held in three phases, beginning on March 27, 2021.

More details are awaited.

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