four-time legislator Congress MLA Rupjyoti Kurmi has resigned from the Congress party
four-time legislator Congress MLA Rupjyoti Kurmi has resigned from the Congress party ©Provided by Bodo Live

Four-time legislator Assam Congress MLA Rupjyoti Kurmi has resigned from the Congress party and A few days ago, Kurmi said that he hadn’t get his due in Congress because he is from a tea-tribe background.

Rupjyoti Kurmi was the strongest tea-tribe leader in Congress. He was the only leader from this important demographic in Assam, who managed to win his seat in the Assembly elections earlier this year. All others like Roselina Tirkey, Durga Bhumij and Pranjal Ghatowar lost their respective seats.

Their defeats were the result of a broader shift of tea tribe votes in Assam – from being a strong Congress vote bank to an equally solid one for BJP now.

Kurmi, a four-time legislator from Mariani in Jorhat district, quit the Congress saying that only older leaders are promoted in the party and that Rahul Gandhi is unable to shoulder the responsibilities of the party. He also criticized the party leadership for aligning with Badruddin Ajmal's All India United Democratic Front in the Assam elections.

Though Kurmi's exit hasn't received the kind of national media attention as that of another recent exit from the Congress – that of former Union minister Jitin Prasada – it is in fact a bigger blow for the Congress given that he has a much stronger base than the latter.

Here are three reasons why Rupjyoti Kurmi's exit is a very important development.

Kurmi won from Mariani despite this shift, though, it did impact his margin. But his exit now means that Congress' prospects of winning back this crucial section have become even more remote.

“I know that they won’t give me as I am dark in colour and come from the tea gardens. Maybe, because I talk too openly on issues. Also, they won’t make Abdul Khaleque (Barpeta MP) as he represents the minority community. If they are going to select someone, it will be either Pradyut Bordoloi or Bhupen Bora," he had said.

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