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    BTC polls: Will emerge as Kingmaker says Congress

    It's suspected that the BTC polls results may see a 'hung assembly' with no party getting the absolute majority

    GUWAHATI:  Congress will become the ‘kingmaker’ in Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) polls, said Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president and MP Ripun Bora on Sunday as the party released its election manifesto for the ensuing polls.

    The much-awaited BTC polls will be held in two phases on December 7 and 10. The first phase of the elections will cover Udalguri and Baksa districts while the second phase will cover Baksa and Chirang districts.

    The results will be declared on December 12.

    Bora said, “The next BTC can only be formed with the help of Congress and its ally All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF).  Be it any party, no one can form the council without Congress’ support. We will be the kingmaker this time in BTC,”

    Congress is contesting in 13 and its ally AIUDF in seven seats out of the total 40 seats in the BTC.

    The APCC chief added that the Congress manifesto has key agendas that the party wanted to regulate in the BTC region if comes to power. “Jobs, land rights, and language rights were some of the key agendas that Congress wants to push for the BTC polls. We promise of a society with equal educational and economic opportunities for all communities living in BTC,” he added.

    The elections to the BTC, earlier scheduled on April 4, were deferred due to the pandemic. Governor’s rule was imposed after the five-year term of the council headed by Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) ended on April 27.

    Though BPF, which lorded over the BTC since its formation in February 2003, is a constituent of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition that rules Assam, the two parties are fighting against each other in BTC polls and the BJP planned to break the coalition soon.

    It’s suspected that the BTC polls results may see a ‘hung assembly’ with no party getting the absolute majority. With BPF and BJP parting apart, Congress now has been eyeing to take advantage of the situation and emerge as the kingmaker.


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