Congress Faces Setback in Assam as Two MLAs Extend Support to BJP-Led Government


In a significant blow to the Congress party in Assam, two of its MLAs, former working president Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha and former minister Basanta Das, announced their support for the BJP-led government on Wednesday, without resigning from the Congress party.

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The decision comes just weeks after Rahul Gandhi’s visit to the state, marking a setback for the Congress in Assam. Earlier, two other Congress MLAs, Siddeque Ahmed and Sashikanta Das, were suspended for extending support to the BJP-led government.

Purkayastha, who resigned from his position as working president of the PCC, and Das cited the intention to bring development to their constituencies, Karimganj North and Mangaldoi, respectively, as the reason for their decision to support Himanta Biswa Sarma’s government.

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“This is my gift to Rahul Gandhi,” Sarma remarked, mocking the Congress functionary.

Purkayastha emphasized that while he would support the government, he would continue to remain a Congress worker, indicating a complex political landscape in Assam amidst shifting allegiances and strategic maneuvers.

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