Rajya Sabha MP Biswajeet Daimary

Bharatiya Janata Party gained a member in the Rajya Sabha from Assam with its nominee Biswajit Daimary on February 22 getting elected unopposed to the Upper House of Parliament, officials said.

February 22 was the last day of withdrawal of candidature and no other candidate filed nominations, resulting in Daimary being declared winner of the by-election to a Rajya Sabha seat from Assam.

The seat to the Upper House of Parliament remained vacant after Biswajit Daimary quit his party – Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) – and resigned from Rajya Sabha in November last year, before joining the BJP.

The 49-year-old leader was one of the founder leaders of the BPF, an ally of the ruling BJP in Assam since 2016. The BJP, after the Bodoland Territorial Council polls in early December last year had forged an alliance with United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) after discarding incumbent partner BPF.

The tribal based party BPF has three ministers in Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal-led Assam government.

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