BJP MLA Terash Gowalla

Guwahati: Giving a big jolt to the Assam unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), MLA Terash Gowalla resigned from his assembly seat on Tuesday.

Gowalla, an MLA from Duliajan constituency in eastern Assam, submitted his resignation to CM Sarbananda Sonowal accusing the BJP government of irregularities in the appointment of corporation officials. Gowalla has been reportedly opposing the appointment of Bolin Chetia as the chairman of the Assam Gas Company Ltd (AGCL).

Chetia, who is an MLA from the Sadia assembly constituency, was made the AGCL chairman, a cabinet-rank post, ignoring local MLA Gowalla, which apparently brought cracks in the saffron party to the fore.

According to local media reports, the MLA expressed dissatisfaction over “bringing an MLA from Sadia” for the post. He further questioned the party’s move saying, “What is the meaning of having a local MLA from the party if I’m not taken into confidence while making the appointment?”

As per a report compiled by the Association of Democratic Reform and National Election Watch in 2016, Gowalla was declared the poorest MLA in Assam with assets worth Rs 8 lakh.

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