The Assam’s Finance and Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Friday that in the coming days the Congress legislator Rajdeep Goala is going to join Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP).
Himanta Biswa Sarma had also claimed that an important Congress lawmaker in the state would cross over to the BJP soon. He further added to it that “Some others may join too, a few others are also in touch,” he said while clarifying that the developments had no connection with the Rajya Sabha polls.
While responding to former chief minister Tarun Gogoi’s allegation that the BJP will indulge in horse-trading as it does not have the required numbers to win all the three Rajya Sabha seats in the state going to polls on March 26, Sarma replied, “In the past, when Gogoi was the chief minister, the Congress had contested Rajya Sabha seats despite not having the required numbers. Does it mean the Congress was engaged in the buying of MLAs?”
Goala, a two-time MLA from Lakhipur in Cachar district, is the son of Dinesh Prashad Goala — a seven-time state lawmaker who also served as a Minister.
Goala junior entered the assembly on Congress ticket from Lakhpur in 2014 by winning a by-poll necessitated by his father’s death. Subsequently, he was re-elected in 2016.