New Delhi: Three weeks ahead of the Assembly elections, senior Congress leader Hiphei, who had resigned as speaker of the Legislative Assembly, joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday. Hiphei was reportedly upset with the Congress party after he wasn’t named as a candidate in the Assembly elections.
The Congress had earlier named Hiphhei as its candidate for the Palak constituency, but replaced him with party general secretary K T Rokhaw last week following reports that he might move to the BJP. Hiphei, a veteran Congress leader, was elected to the 40-member Assembly from the Palak constituency in 2013. He won the state elections six times between 1972 and 1989 from Tuipang.
Earlier on Sunday, a senior BJP leader had said that Hiphei would resign from the Congress and join the BJP on November 5. “He (Hiphei) would first tender his resignation as the speaker and then from the primary membership of the Congress. He will then join our party,” the BJP leader had told PTI.
Mizoram, the only state in the north-east under Congress rule, will go to the polls on November 28. The election results will be declared on December 11.