Former Assam minister and ex-congress MLA joined the BJP on Tuesday leaving the congress high and dry. Reacting to the ex-congress leader jumping ships, Mariani congress MLA Mariani, Rupjyoti Kurmi state the exit of any individual does not hamper the grand old party. \u201cMy respect to Mahi (Maternal aunt). I don\u2019t want to say anything to Mahi. The time will give answer to her. Congress is a big tree. When one branch is broken, new branches will come,\u201d Kurmi said. He also informed that he would not leave Congress at any cost. \u201cI will be there holding the Congress flag if there is no anyone,\u201d Kurmi added. \u201cNow, I am 43. I will live around 17 years more. I have already said my wife if I don\u2019t win in the next election, I will go for pilgrimage,\u201d Rupjyoti Kurmi further said.