In another major blow to Congress in the poll-bound Mizoram, senior Congress leader and Mizoram Legislative Assembly Speaker Hiphei today quits the party and joining the BJP. He resigned days before the scheduled assembly elections in the state.
The move comes days after the Congress dropped his name from Palak seat in the list of candidates released for the elections. A senior BJP leader said yesterday that Hiphei would resign from the Congress and join the BJP on November 5.
Hiphei, a veteran leader, was elected to the Assembly from the Palak constituency. BJP has reportedly asked him to first tender his resignation as the speaker and then from the primary membership of the Congress.
Hiphei was nominated by the All India Congress Committee (AICC) to contest the polls from his constituency, however, political upheaval in the Mara Autonomous District Council (MADC) has created a dizzy in the Congress Bhavan. A newcomer K Riacho, a retired IAS officer is being backed by the majority of the Congress elected council members of the MADC.
Mizoram, the only state in the north-east under Congress rule, will go to the polls on November 28 and the results will be declared on December 11.