In a major boost to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Assam ahead of the Lok Sabha polls 2024, several prominent leaders of the state formally joined the party on Sunday.
The BJP joining ceremony was held at the BJP State headquarters in Guwahati’s Basistha.
The prominent leaders who joined the BJP today are former Assam Youth Congress president Angkita Dutta, former Congress MLA from Khumtai constituency Bismita Gogoi, former president of All Assam Students' Union (AASU) Dipanka Kumar Nath and former AASU vice-president Prakash Das including many others.
Other leaders of several parties including the Congress, AAP and Gana Shakti who joined the BJP today are Dilip Pal, Purushotam Doley, Milanjyoti Rai, Himan Barman, Jitumoni Bhuyan, Debajit Patir, Prashanta Hazarika, Manoranjan Nath, Phoni Pathak, Shyamal Narayan Deb and Miraj Hussain.
Bismita Gogoi, while speaking at the event claimed that the Congress can never come to power in the next 100 years with the current leadership. She said that the current Congress leadership could not provide justice to Angkita Dutta. Gogoi further alleged that she was also mentally harassed.
She said, “The Congress does not know how to respect women. But under honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, several initiatives have been taken to provide security to women. Therefore I was attracted towards the path that the prime minister has laid for the betterment of our state as well as the country.”
On the other hand, Dipanka Nath stated that this is a new journey for him and he has to learn lots of things.
He said, "We has raised several demands while I was in the students' union and many of them were fulfilled too. The Congress used to sell jobs for money. But the BJP has allotted jobs to 1 lakh youths without taking even a rupee."
Further, Angkita Dutta also took a jibe at the Congress and said, "The ideology of today's Congress party is to rebrand Rahul Gandhi once again. I have taken this decision because I along with the people of Amguri were waiting for ten months for Rahul Gandhi to seek justice. He did not meet the common people when the 'Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra' reached Amguri due to which the people felt betrayed."
Notably, BJP State President Bhabesh Kalita, Assam cabinet ministers Jayanta Mallabaruah, Pijush Hazarika, MLAs Diganta Kalita and Manab Deka including many others were present at the event.