Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday claimed that Ripun Bora’s resignation from the Congress party was ‘natural’ after agents from Delhi “worked for his defeat” in the last Rajya Sabha election.
He also alleged that his own party members too contributed to his defeat.
Former Assam Pradesh Congress Committee president and former MP Ripun Bora, who formally resigned from the Congress party, joined the All India Trinamool Congress on Sunday afternoon.
Reacting to Bora quitting the Congress before the media, CM Sarma said, “I have seen the resignation letter on WhatsApp. I have nothing much to say about it. But after the Congress’ press conference two days before the Rajya Sabha polls and how the Congress’ Delhi agents worked for his defeat, one thing was clear: his resignation is not a big thing. It is natural. Since it’s an internal matter of Congress, I won’t comment further.”
It may be mentioned that the Assam Rajya Sabha elections ended in the victory of the BJP-led NDA in both seats from the state.
BJP’s Pabitra Margherita — who received 46 votes, and alliance partner United People’s Party Liberal’s (UPPL) Rwngwra Narzary — with 44 votes — managed to trump Congress’s Ripun Bora, who received just 35 votes. One vote was rejected.