Guwahati: Unhappy with the denial of party ticket for the assembly election in Assam, BJP minister Sum Ronghang on Sunday joined the opposition Congress which is likely to field him from the Diphu constituency held by him.
The hill areas development and mines and minerals minister joined the Congress in presence of AICC general secretary Jitendra Singh and the party’s state unit chief Ripun Bora.
“I have taken this sudden decision. I have never thought that I would be deprived of party ticket. This has been because of some people,” said an aggrieved Ronghang.
The minister also alleged that the BJP functions in a “non-transparent manner”.
Ronghang, who has been denied a party ticket by the BJP-UPPL-AGP alliance, was overlooked in favour of fresh candidate, Bidya Sing Engleng.
Meanwhile, APCC president Ripun Bora welcomed the BJP minister to the grand old party and said that “he has taken a right decision”. He also claimed that Ronghang joining the Congress would strengthen the party in Karbi Anglong district.
Though Bora declined to comment on whether Ronghang will be given a ticket, Congress sources said that his name is being considered for the Diphu seat in Karbi Anglong district.