Just weeks after losing the Rajya Sabha election from Assam, former state Congress chief Ripun Bora on Sunday quit the party and joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC).
“From today I have started my new political journey!” Bora wrote on Twitter.
The Congress leader along with his wife and son met TMC national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee in Kolkata and formally joined the party led by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Abhishek Banerjee later wrote on his social media handle, “A very warm welcome to Shri Ripun Bora, a stalwart and accomplished politician who has joined the AITC family today.” “We are extremely pleased to have you on board and look forward to working together for the betterment of our people!”
TMC Rajya Sabha members Derek O’Brien and Sushmita Dev were present in the meeting.
Dev, who was a former president of the All India Mahila Congress, joined the TMC in August last year.
In his resignation letter to Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi, Bora said: “I am deeply saddened to inform you that it is an open secret in Assam that instead of fighting against the BJP, the senior most leaders of the Assam PCC are fighting. A section is making secret pacts with the BJP government, mainly the Chief Minister.” He said Congress leaders are fighting amongst themselves, giving the BJP enough space to expand. Bora wrote to Sonia Gandhi, “After the disastrous defeat in the 2016 Assam Assembly elections, you gave me the responsibility of PCC President, Assam.”
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