Guwahati: Assam’s Tezpur BJP MP Ram Prasad Sarmah has resigned from the primary membership of the party on Saturday complaining growing importance of leaders imported from other parties. The sitting MP Sarmah, who has served RSS and VHP for 15 years and BJP for 29 years, has denied a ticket this time to accommodate former Congress leader and state finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. .

In a facebook posting Sarmah has said, “I have left BJP today. I really feel pained in my heart for those old BJP workers of Assam who are most neglected in the party by the new intruders in the party.”

The names of BJP candidates for the 14 Lok Sabha seats in Assam will be announced on Saturday from Delhi.

Saramah, a Gorkha leader who is the president of Assam Gorkha Sammelan, was elected for the first time to the Lok Sabha in 2014 from Tezpur seat which has a sizable Gorkha voters. His renomination was in question following the arrest of his daughter’s arrest in connection with Assam Public Service Commission job scam.

Sarmah was in controversy for his criticism of the state BJP government. He had strongly crticised the state’s tourism policy in 2017.