The BJP's North East strategist, Himanta Biswa Sarma, on Friday, took a dig at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi as he welcomed four more Manipuri Congress legislators to the party, reported NDTV.
Among those who joined is former minister Ngamthang Haokip.
Post Manipur Assembly election last month, the BJP formed a coalition government under Chief Minister N Biren Singh. The Congress, despite winning the maximum number of seats, failed to gain support of three legislators that it needed for a majority.
Since then, six Congress legislators have joined the BJP, reducing the party's seats in the assembly to 22.
According to the report, Sarma said, "Rahul Gandhi had convened a meeting just yesterday on strengthening the Congress in the North East. And today four Congress MLAs have joined the BJP. That means that Rahulji can make no further progress in the North East... The people have decided to make the North East Congress-mukt (Congress free)."
Sarma had earlier also predicted the downfall of Meghalaya's Congress-led government and exhibited confidence that his party will win the people's mandate in the state in 2018.
Sarma quit Congress and joined the BJP less than two years ago. At the time, he held Rahul responsible for the move. The 48-year-old has proved himself to be a valuable asset for BJP in the North East, where it has less visibility. He is credited with the saffron party's big win in Assam and Congress's ouster in Arunachal Pradesh.
This year, the BJP won 21 seats and Sarma enabled the party to form a coalition government.
With inputs from agencies
Published Date: Apr 28, 2017 06:16 pm | Updated Date: Apr 28, 2017 06:16 pm