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Congress legislator H. B. Sarma to join BJP

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Guwahati: Former Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma is set to join the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP). Speculations are going around of many Congress legislators shifting allegiance, 15 of which reached the airport to recieve Sarma.

Himanta_Biswa_SarmaSarma arrived here from New Delhi and headed to the BJP headquarters in Guwahati amid a rally of his supporters from different parts of the state. Some BJP leaders were also on the scene.

He had on August 23 met BJP president Amit Shah in New Delhi and expressed his willingness to join the party. He is likely to do that on Friday.

At least 15 Congress legislators, who were part of the dissident group of Assam Congress led by Sarma, were at the airport to welcome him.

“I am still a Congress legislator. However, I have worked with Sarma for a long time. I am here to wish him best of luck,” said Nalbari legislator Jayanta Malla Baruah.

Asked if he too will join the BJP, he said: “It all depends on the circumstance. As of now I am a Congress legislator but I have trust in the leadership of Sarma.

“And I have a desire to work with Sarma for the betterment and progress of Assam.”

Another Congress legislator, Binanda Saika, said: “I have not decided to join the BJP yet but we have worked very closely with Sarma, particularly in the last two years.”

Sarma, who had the portfolios of health and education in Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi’s cabinet during the three consecutive terms of Congress, had led the dissidence in the party in 2011.  He resigned from the Gogoi cabinet last year.

With inputs from IANS

 

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Assam Detains Three Rohingya Muslims After Locals Spotted Them

"The three were identified as Samshn Alam (51), Shamser Alam (32) and Shabir Ahmed (64) years," the officer said.

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This is Rohingyas flag. Assam detained 3 rohingyas after locals complained about them to the police. Pixabay

Three Rohingya Muslims in Assam were detained by the Government Railway Police (GRP) at Lumding town in Central Assam’s Hojai district on Sunday morning.

Superintendent of Railway Police Hemanta Das said: “They were detained after locals spotted them and intimated the police.

“Our sleuths wanted to see their documents but they failed to produce any visa or valid travel document.”

During the initial interrogation, it was revealed that they first came to Bangladesh from Myanmar and then entered India. They also told the locals that they have been living in Hyderabad for a long time.

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The police and other security agencies have detained several Rohingya from different areas of Assam in the past few weeks. Pixabay

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“The three were identified as Samshn Alam (51), Shamser Alam (32) and Shabir Ahmed (64) years,” the officer said. “Our sleuths are interrogating them to know how they entered the state.”

The police and other security agencies have detained several Rohingyas from different areas of Assam in the past few weeks. Most of them have confessed that they first entered Bangladesh from Myanmar and then India through the International Border in Agartala. (IANS)