Assam Cabinet nod for separate Administrative Staff College & Dept for Bodoland
GUWAHATI: The Assam cabinet meeting of the ministers held on Saturday decided to create a separate administrative staff college for the Bodoland region.
The decision came at a time when BJP has been trying to gain its grip in the Bodo heartland. BJP is also in the ruling formation with its new alliance of United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) and Gana Suraksha Party (GSP). BJP has been also looking to make its presence in the Bodoland region in the upcoming polls.
“The Cabinet meeting on February 20, 2021, under the leadership of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal decided to create a Bodoland Administrative Staff College,” said an official communiqué.
It added further that the state cabinet has also decided to create a separate department for the region. It said that decision has been taken for “Creation of a new department: Department for Welfare of Bodoland. Hill Areas Department will continue.”
With the former alliance party of Bodoland Peoples’ Front (BPF) turning into a competition for BJP in Bodoland in the upcoming elections, the saffron camp has been discussing its seat-sharing formulas with UPPL. On several occasions, BJP had earlier hinted of contesting in all the 12 assembly seats in the BTC region by itself.
BPF had won 12 seats in the last Assembly polls in 2016, which the party fought as a partner in the BJP-led alliance. However, the relationship between the two allies soured after the 2020 BTR accord, leading to BJP choosing to dump BPF and contest join hands with UPPL in the BTC polls.
Party sources said that the decision of seats sharing with the allies would be taken in Delhi after a discussion between senior Assam BJP leaders with the party heads.