Senior Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) leader and former Assam minister Jagadish Bhuyan on Sunday joined the BJP, with leaders of the saffron party saying more leaders and workers of the regional party were joining in the next few weeks.
Bhuyan, two times legislator from Sadiya LAC in Tinsukia, who had also served as tourism minister in the Prafulla Kumar Mahanta government in 1996-2001, said he had lost faith in the regional party and had found that the BJP was the right party that could help solve burning problems of Assam, the most important being influx from Bangladesh.
“I have lost faith in the AGP which has become directionless and was shrinking each passing day. The BJP on the other hand is the right party to fight for the cause of Assam,” he said.
Bhuyan also took several senior members of the AGP from Tinsukia district to join the BJP. Bhuyan is the fourth former AGP minister to have joined the BJP in the past one year or more.
While former AGP president Chandra Mohan Patowari had joined the BJP in early 2014 and also contested, though unsuccessfully for the Barpeta Lok Sabha seat last year, other former AGP ministers who joined the BJP in recent months include Atul Bora and Hitendra Nath Goswami, apart from former Guwahati mayor Queen Ojah.
Meanwhile, BJP officials in Assam said some top former leaders of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and AJYCP were also joining the party in the next couple of weeks. AJYCP president Manoj Barua on Sunday resigned from his organization and announced his decision to join the BJP.