Hmingdailova Khiangte (centre)

Aizawl: The Mizoram Pradesh Congress suffered yet another blow on Monday after MLA Hmingdailova Khiangte resigned from the party ahead of the state assembly polls on November 28. Khiangte is the fourth Congress MLA to have resigned from the party in the recent past.

Khiangte, one of the eight sitting MLAs who were denied a Congress ticket for the upcoming polls, tendered his resignation to the state Assembly speaker Hiphei, who accepted it.

Khiangte did not divulge his next course of action, as to which party he would join. While speaking to the reporters outside Assembly House, he said, “I will reveal the motive behind my resignation in a press conference in the next few days.” He further refused to comment on rumours that he would contest as an independent candidate.

Khiangte, 73, was elected from Tuirial constituency for two consecutive terms since 2008. He was made a parliamentary secretary under the Lal Thanhawla government. The Congress party has fielded Joseph L Ralte, a new face in the Congress party, for the Tuirial seat. This apparently was the cause of his discontentment. Ralte was his opponent in the 2013 elections and defeated him with a small margin.

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