Shillong:Four-time Independent legislator, Samuel Sangma on Thursday resigned as a member of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly to contest the upcoming assembly elections on a BJP ticket.
The veteran politician submitted his resignation letter to Assembly Secretariat Commissioner and Secretary, Andrew Simmons.
With his resignation, the strength of the 60-member House has been reduced to 45.
Sangma officially joined the saffron party in presence of Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi on December 14.
“I will be contesting the upcoming assembly elections on BJP ticket from Baghmara assembly constituency as there was a demand from my supporters and to ensure development in my constituency and the state as a whole,” Sangma said.
The veteran legislator also foresees that the BJP is expected to win many seats in the Garo Hills region.
Garo Hills in the western part of Meghalaya has 24 assembly constituencies in the 60-member Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.
“The BJP will increase its tally in the assembly. We are hopeful to get many seats because the people wanted to see the light of development,” Sangma said.
Elections to the 60-member Meghalaya Assembly are scheduled to be held on February 27. The counting of votes will be held on March 2.