Mizoram assembly Speaker Hiphei Monday resigned from his post, the House as well as the Congress, and joined the BJP, saying its central leadership has promised to enhance powers of the state's autonomous district councils.
"The BJP and its coalition partners will form government in Mizoram, " he said, adding that the ruling Congress would be defeated in the polls.
He hoped that the BJP would bag at least five seats in the polls to the 40-member Mizoram legislature to be held on November 28.
From there, he went to Congress Bhavan and resigned from primary membership of the Congress.
Hiphei said he fell out of favour of Chief Minister and Mizoram Pradesh Congress Committe (MPCC) chief Lal Thanhawla as he was kept in an uncertain situation even after the AICC had announced his name to contest the coming state assembly polls from his home turf, Palak seat in Siaha district.
Though it would be formally announced on Tuesday, he said he would be contesting from the Palak constituency on a BJP ticket.
In Guwahati, convenor of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma said, "He (Hiphei) is a very senior leader. His joining the saffron party will greatly strengthen the organisation."
Hiphei was elected to the Mizoram Assembly from Palak constituency in 2013. He won the state elections six times between 1972 and 1989 from Tuipang.
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