Diphu October 9: Roton Engti, a Member of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council from the Duar Bagori constituency of Bokajan has formally joined BJP, cutting all ties with Congress, while attending a function at BJP headquarters, in Guwahati last Wednesday. The one-time Congress strongman accused Khor Sing Engti, a Minister in the Gogoi cabinet, of running a syndicate in Karbi Anglong over the last 15 years.

Roton Engti said that right from squeezing the government departments controlled by KAAC to illegal coal and sand mining, the minister and his family members are involved. He said that due to the tainted dynastic politics, every day honest and committed Congress workers are deserting party and joining the BJP.

He assured that not only the Bokajan MLA seat but also all 6 MAC (Member of Autonomous Council) seats are switching to the BJP. Roton Engti, who held important portfolios in KAAC as Executive Member, told the Diphu press that Khor Sing Engti introduced the single window system in the hill areas development department just to canalize all central KAAC funds, to ensure his commission from the public money.

Karbi Anglong district Congress has reacted sharply to the loss of the robust leader, district Congress president Mongol Sing Timung, Chief Executive Member KAAC Tuliram Ronghang, and MP Biren Sing Engti all criticized Roton Engti for his anti-party activity and asserted that Congress will cope with the situation.

Mongol Sing Timung went a step further in branding the BJP as communal, after the young Christian leader resigned from Congress. Timung told Congress workers at a rally held in Lungnit, around 25 kilometers from Diphu, that joining BJP means one will have to embrace Hindu religion, he also told the rural masses that BJP is banning the slaughter of pigs and fowls.

A senior BJP leader rebutted the Congress president’s remarks, saying Mongol Sing Timung has lost his mind because in his own constituency, many Congress supporters joined BJP, alleging unparalleled financial sledging by him and now he is facing the wrath of farmers everyday for his corrupt practices throughout his political career.

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Sushanta Roy is a journalist in the north eastern states of Assam and Meghalaya, India, who photographs and writes about the people, animals and flora, and the things that affect them.