New Delhi, Aug 9: Senior Congress leader from Assam and former Rajya Sabha MP Bhubaneswar Kalita on Friday joined Bharatiya Janata Party in the presence of Union Minister Piyush Goyal and party general secretary Bhupendra Yadav. Kalita said his decision was emphatic and guided by the BJP-led NDA regime's commitment towards national integration. Senior Congress leader Kalita, who was chief whip for the Opposition party in the Upper House, had tendered his resignation from the Council of States to register protest over Congress decision to oppose the abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir.
In fact, Mr Kalita had said the Congress' decision to oppose the Modi government's stance was a virtual suicidal step and he could not be party to such a decision. Welcoming him into the party fold, Goyal said that with Bhubaneswar Kalitaji's 'help', the BJP will be able to serve people better in Assam and other North Eastern States (UNI)