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Himanta Biswa Sarma says Bharat Narah not in contact with BJP

Guwahati, March 25 (IANS) Bharat Chandra Narah, a six-time MLA and former Assam minister, resigned from the Congress after his wife Ranee Narah was denied a ticket. Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma clarified that Narah had not approached the BJP before quitting the party.

Sarma stated, “The resignation of Bharat Narah is an internal matter of the Congress as he had not approached the BJP before quitting the party. He was not in touch with me or my other colleagues.” However, Sarma mentioned that most Congress party leaders would eventually join the BJP.

Bharat Chandra Narah resigned from the Congress on Monday after his wife Ranee Narah was denied a ticket for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. He sent his resignation letter to Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge, stating, “I do, hereby, resign from the Indian National Congress with immediate effect.”

Narah, who also quit from his post as chairman of the Congress’ media cell in Assam, had been elected to the state Assembly six times on a Congress ticket. He consecutively won Dhakuakhana constituency from 1985 to 2011 and served as a state Cabinet minister.

Ranee Narah, who was considered a strong contender for the Lakhimpur Lok Sabha seat, was denied the ticket in favor of Uday Shankar Hazarika, who switched from BJP in December last year. The Congress party’s decision led to Bharat Chandra Narah’s resignation from the party.


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