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Ajanta Neog to quit Congress today, join BJP party tomorrow: Sources

Ajanta Neog to quit Congress today, join BJP party tomorrow: Sources

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GUWAHATI: Amid immense speculation, Golaghat MLA Ajanta Neog is likely to tender her resignation from the Indian National Congress (INC) later today, sources informed Inside Northeast. Neog is likely to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who will be reaching Assam tomorrow to lay out the strategy ahead of the elections in Assam.

Speculation about Neog's joining the BJP began after the senior Congress leader went to meet Assam Chief Minister, Sarbananda Sonowal in presence of another senior BJP leader and Convenor of the NEDA, Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma, at the official residence of the chief minister a few days back.

Shah's visit ahead of the polls assumes great significance as he will be finalizing alliances of the saffron party ahead of the polls and lay out a strategy for the election.

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"Ajanta Neog has reached Guwahati city, and is likely to meet the leaders of the BJP soon. Tomorrow, she is all set to join the BJP party," a source informed Inside Northeast.

Yesterday, the Congress party had urged the former Cabinet Minister to "clarify her position" in regards to the media reports speculating about her shifting political base to the rival BJP camp.

"The reports of your plans to join the BJP that have been circulating for around 2 months now have confused us," Assam Congress President Ripun Bora said in a letter, before exhorting the Golaghat MLA to "clarify her stand" regarding her stance on the matter.

At the same time, senior Congressmen, such as Pradyut Bordoloi, have appealed the MLA to "reconsider her decision" to shift to the rival party ahead of the polls. Apart from Neog, several others, including fellow MLA Roselina Tirkey, are said to be lining up to join the ruling party ahead of the elections.

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