GUWAHATI: The Congress is in a lot of trouble in Assam. It is losing its leaders and MLAs to the Bharatiya Janata Party. The recent resignation of Mariani MLA Rupjyoti Kurmi and Guwahati City District President Juri Sarma Bordoloi has not only jolted the party but has also revealed the deep divide within the Congress in Assam.
There are reports of 7-8 state general secretaries and district level members of Congress being in constant touch with the BJP. All this has severely damaged the morale of the grassroots workers who just had a bad election year. Also to leave the party was Dilip Sarma who was state spokesperson and general secretary of Media and Social Media Cell. The state leadership of the Congress looks helpless as a few more of its MLAs are brooding to join the BJP.
The party has called a CLP meeting on 24th June to discuss ways to stop this migration. If sources are to be believed there is news circulating that at least one MLA from Barak Valley (possibly Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha) and one from Upper Assam is getting ready to join the BJP. After Rupjyoti Kurmi joined the BJP, the Congress is left with three MLAs from Upper Assam: Debabrata Saikia, Sushanta Borgohain and Bhaskar Jyoti Baruah. It would be interesting to observe who among the three will jump ship this time.