Santiuse Kujur, Gautam Roy join BJP

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Gandhis want to control Cong like pvt co: Himanta

HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, Aug 11:Senior BJP leader and finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday took a dig at the Congress high command and said the Gandhi family wants to “retain control” in the party as a “private company”.

Sarma, the convenor of North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), was reacting to the Congress Working Committee (CWC)’s decision to appoint Sonia Gandhi as an interim president of the party. Sarma even went on to call Rahul Gandhi’s resignation from the top post as “drama”.

“Everything which was enacted by Rahul Gandhi was a big drama. Gandhi family doesn’t want to part with the power in the Congress party. They want to retain control in the Congress party as a private limited company,” Sarma said.

Sonia Gandhi was on Saturday appointed as interim president of the Congress at a crucial meeting of the party’s working committee in New Delhi, after Rahul Gandhi refused pleas by partymen to take back his resignation. The announcement was made Saturday night after CWC accepted Rahul Gandhi’s resignation at its second meeting of the day.

“I am sure a day will come when there will be no stakeholders, no shareholders and only Gandhi will remain in the Congress party,” Sarma said.

Sarma further claimed that people are fed up with the Congress. “We are getting everyday request after request that people want to join BJP. Sooner or later, Congress will be a party only with Gandhi without any worker, without any office bearer,” Sarma further said.

Sarma on Sunday attended a programme at Pradesh BJP office here where former Congress leaders Santiuse Kujur and Gautam Roy joined the saffron party in the presence of Pradesh BJP president Ranjeet Kumar Dass and other senior leaders.

Santiuse Kujur, a former Rajya Sabha MP, had resigned from the Congress party on Saturday.

Kujur, in his resignation letter, had said that it was his “personal decision” to resign from the party.

A former minister Roy, who left the Congress on Saturday, was already expelled from Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC), sources in the Congress party said.

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