Pu Hiphei (centre) addressing the media at the BJP office in Mizoram Credit: EastMojo image

Aizawl: Mizoram assembly speaker Pu Hiphei on Monday announced that he has resigned from his post and also from the Congress party and would join Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) later in the day. The move comes just three weeks ahead of the upcoming elections in the state on November 28.

Hiphei said that he tendered his resignation to deputy speaker R Lalrinawma, who reportedly accepted it. He then went to Congress Bhawan to resign from the party.

He is the fifth leader to resign from the Congress since September. Mizoram is the only state in northeast India that is going for elections this year.

North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma, while addressing the media in Guwahati in Assam, said that Hiphei will join the saffron party in his presence in Aizawl. “He is a very senior leader and his joining will greatly strengthen the organization,” he added.

The Congress party had earlier given ticket to Hiphei for the Palak constituency but later replaced him with party general secretary KT Rokhaw last week following reports that Hiphei might go ahead and join the saffron party.

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