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    ‘Fate’ of BJP-BPF alliance: Delhi to decide on November 20

    BJP declared the names of 27 constituency in-charges to monitor the BTC election preparations

    GUWAHATI: The fate of the political alliance between BJP and Hagrama Mohilary led Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) is likely to be decided in Delhi shortly as top state BJP leaders are going to meet its party heads this weekend.

    The two allies in the state government (BJP and BPF) were seen contesting against each other in the ensuing Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) elections slated in early December.  Both BJP and BPF have been criticizing each other.

    BJP party sources said that a delegation of top state BJP leaders including chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and state BJP president Ranjeet Kumar Daas would sit for a discussion on the party’s future strategies in the coming polls of BTC and state assembly.

    “In the meeting, top BJP leaders like BJP national president JP Nadda, newly appointed Assam BJP in-charge Baijayant Panda and union home minister Amit Shah will be present. Assam state BJP is likely to share its views on the future of its alliance with BPF,” said sources adding that the state camp might advocate of walking out of its alliance with BPF.

    Assam state finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has said that state government would press the union home minister for a speedy investigation of the into the deaths of Lafikul Islam, a minority leader who was killed by unidentified gunmen on August 1, 2017, at Titaguriin Kokrajhar district.

    “Islam’s murder was a ‘political killing’. Unless such political murders are brought to light, people in BTC will not feel secure. In BPF reign, it’s only ‘misrule’ that has happened in BTC. It needs to end,” Sarma said.

    The minister in his ongoing BTC polls campaigns has accused BPF and its party head Mohilary of huge corruption. He alleged that in BTC, due to rampant corruption by BPF government, people have been suffering and deprived of their basic rights.

    On Tuesday, hours after the election commission declared the dates for the polls to the 40 seats of the BTC, BJP declared its constituency in-charges to monitor the BTC election preparations. Till now, BJP has declared the names of 27 such in-charges.

    The list included names of several top BJP leaders like state forest and environment minister Parimal Suklabaidya, minister of state (independent) for health and family welfare Piyush Hazarika and minister of state (independent charge) for irrigation department Bhabesh Kalita.

    Assam BJP chief Ranjeet Kumar Dass said that the saffron party is committed to securing all the rights of the people of the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR).

    “BJP has clarified that we are not in alliance with any party but with the public only. BJP wants to serve the people of BTC and to relieve them from the misrule of BPF,” the state BJP president said.

    Meanwhile, Mohilary said that BJP would not win a single seat in the BTC polls. “When we were in alliance, there was a chance that BJP might have won two seats but now they are not going to win a single one even. No matter what Sarma says, BPF will remain in power and soon we will capture Dispur too.”


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