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Mizoram Assembly speaker resigns, says he will join BJP

Press Trust of India  |  Aizawl/Guwahati 

Speaker said on Monday that he had resigned from his post, the House as well as the and would join the BJP later in the day, just a little over three weeks ahead of the assembly elections.

The seven-time said he submitted his resignation letter to who accepted it. From there, he went to Bhavan to resign from primary membership of the party.

He is the fifth Congress MLA to resign from the 40-member House since September.

Mizoram, the only state in the north-east under Congress rule, will go to the polls on November 28.

In Guwahati, convenor of the North East (NEDA) and said Hiphei, 81, will join the saffron party in his presence in the capital Aizawl.

"He is a very senior leader. His joining the saffron party will greatly strengthen the organisation," Sarma, who is also minister, said.

The senior BJP leader, however, did not comment on whether the party will field from any constituency in the forthcoming Assembly polls in the hill state.

The Congress had earlier named Hiphhei as its candidate for the Palak constituency, but replaced him with party K T Rokhaw last week following reports that he might move to the BJP.

was elected to the Assembly from Palak constituency in 2013. He won the state elections six times between 1972 and 1989 from Tuipang.

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First Published: Mon, November 05 2018. 13:05 IST