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Complete BTC poll by Dec 15: Assam Cabinet to EC

The cabinet also recommended proclamation of Governor’s rule in BTC till elections are held

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GUWAHATI:  Assam council of ministers on Thursday requested the State Election Commission to complete the election process in Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) by December 15.

The cabinet also recommended proclamation of Governor’s rule in BTC till elections are held.

Following a cabinet meeting held at Assam administrative college here state’s parliamentary affairs minister, Chandra Mohan Patowary said, “We want the entire BTC election process to be completed within December 15 and have decided to request the election commission to conduct it.”

In a previous cabinet discussion, the council of ministers in Assam had decided to urge the election commission to hold the BTC poll in December.

On Wednesday, the Coordination Committee for Allied Boro Civil Society Organizations (CCABCSO) has sought the President of India’s intervention and Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) in holding BTC polls before the expiry of Governor’s Rule on October 27.

The BTC poll which was scheduled in March-April this year was postponed indefinitely due to the global pandemic of Covid 19. However, with Covid 19 situation improving and easing of lockdown norms, poll campaigning has picked up in the BTC region lately.

While incumbent Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) chief Hagrama Mohilary, who has been ruling the region for 15 years now, claimed that his party would sweep the ensuing council polls, his arch-rival Promod Boro of United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) said that people of the region would dethrone Mohilary from power.