In yet another instance of the Trinamool Congress poaching from the Indian National Congress, one of Assam’s biggest Congress leader, Ripun Bora, quit the party to join Mamata Banerjee’s TMC.

Since last year, the Trinamool Congress has taken it upon themselves to dismantle the Congress, first in Assam and then in Meghalaya. Last year, another influential Congress veteran and one of Barak Valley’s most well-known faces, Sushmita Dev, switched over to the Congress. The Trinamool Congress has been poaching from other parties, including the BJP, in Tripura too. With Bora’s departure, the Congress has been dealt a hammer blow.

“I have been associated with INC since 1976…I am very thankful and grateful to you and national leadership to congress party for giving me various responsibilities in the party during the past years. But despite that I am compelled to take such a harsh decision of resigning from the party. In this connection I may be allowed to place before you the following few lines: During the past couple of years the way BJP, the symbol of communal and decisive forces is growing across the country and it is a serious threat to the democracy, constitution and secularism and economy of our country. But instead of fighting and unitedly and aggressively to prevent BJP at this critical juncture of the country. The leaders of this grand old congress party at different levels are fighting each other for their vested interest. This has given BJP ample advantages to grow in every nook and corner in one hand and another, demoralizing millions of congress workers of the country.

“I am very Pained to inform you that it is an open Secret in Assam that instead of fighting against BJP a section of Senior most Leaders of Assam PCC have been maintaining Secret understanding with BJP Govt mainly with the Chief Minister.
Under this backdrop my conscience does not allow me to continue in Congress Party Where the Party’s interest and ideology are being Compromised in favour of BJP for some vested interest of few leaders,” Bora said in a letter to Sonia Gandhi.

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