Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) supremo Hagrama Mohilary informed on April 30th, 2020 that a petition has been filed at the Gauhati High Court against the decision to impose Governor’s rule in the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC).
Taking to the microblogging site Twitter, Hagrama said that the BPF “strongly oppose” the decision to impose Governor’s rule in the council.
The Governor’s rule was imposed after the State Election Commission, Assam failed to conduct polls to the general council of BTCas per schedule due to the prevalent lockdown, need to adherence to social distancing and other restrictions in view of COVID-19.
The BTC general elections were supposed to be held on April 4th, 2020. The term of the Mohilary-led council ended on April 27th, 2020.
“Due to the #COVID19, the elections of Bodoland Territorial Council have been postponed. In this time of emergency, people here need our government more. But instead of extending the term, the Honourable Governor has given the charge of Bodoland Territorial Area Districts to the Principal Secretary of Assam. We strongly oppose this decision and filed a petition in Guwahati High Court against the order,” Mohilary wrote on Twitter.
The BPF leader had earlier said that he is “unofficially still the chief of Bodoland Territorial Council”.
Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi has appointed Rajesh Prasad, Principal Secretary, Assam as the Administrator of BTC to superintend, direct and control the overall Administration of Bodoland Territorial Council.
Siddhartha Singh, Commissioner and Secretary, PHE, MD, Swacch Bharat Abhiyan Mission etc. has been posted as Principal Secretary of BTC.