Aizawl (Mizoram), Nov 5 : Mizoram assembly speaker Hiphei said on Monday he has resigned from his post, house and the Congress ,reported PTI.
The report said that Hiphei has submitted his resignation letter to deputy speaker R. Lalrinawma, who had accepted it.
The report also quoted him saying that he also resigned from the ruling Congress party and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
He is the fifth Congress MLA to resign from the 40-member House since September.
Mizoram, the only State in the Northeast under the Congress rule, will go to the polls on November 28.
In Assam, convener of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma said Hiphei will join the saffron party in his presence in Mizoram capital Aizawl.
“He is a very senior leader. His joining the saffron party will greatly strengthen the organisation,” Mr. Sarma, who is also Assam Finance Minister, said.
The Congress had named Hiphhei as its candidate for the Palak constituency, but replaced him with party general secretary K.T. Rokhaw last week following reports that he might move to the BJP. (Agencies).