RP Sharma likely to join TMC; to be made state president

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HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, May 17: Senior BJP leader and the incumbent Lok Sabha member from Tezpur constituency, Ram Prasad Sharma is likely to join the All India Trinamool Congress (TMC), TMC sources informed here Friday.

Sharma has left the saffron party after his name was dropped from the panel of list of candidates for the Tezpur constituency in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections.

Sharma will join the party on May 25 next at a formal function in Guwahati which will be attended by TMC observer Firhad Hakim.

Sharma has sensed that the veteran party leaders and workers will be gradually sidelined way back in 2015 when Himanta Biswa Sarma joined the saffron brigade along with a team of his loyalists.

Sharma had indicated that he will be joining another national party on March 16 last when he resigned from the BJP.

Notably, spokesperson of the state unit of TMC, Bhabani Kalita was in constant touch with Sharma since February last.TMC sources revealed that the process of inducting Sharma into the party fold was going on till that time. The source further said that the party had even requested Sharma to contest the Lok Sabha election on TMC ticket from Tezpur.

It has also been revealed that Sharma had gone to Kolkata last week and had a meeting with Firhad Hakim.

Sources further revealed that Sharma will be given the state president post on May 25, the very day of joining the party. Presently, the post of the state TMC president is being held by former legislator Gopinath Das.

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