GUWAHATI: The Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) chief Pramod Boro has asked former Hagrama Mohilary led Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) party’s elected executive members to leave their ‘picnic parties’ and start working as the BTC approved an ‘interim’ budget of Rs 1800 crore to be spent till March 31, 2021, on Friday.
It was the maiden budget of the newly formed BTC led by Boro.
However, none of the BPF elected members were present in the House during the budget. BPF though emerged as the single largest party in the recently concluded BTC polls, it could not get a majority and UPPL, GSP and BJP formed the new BTC forcing BPF to sit in the Opposition.
“We heard that all the BPF members are having a picnic arranged by state minister and BPF senior leader Chandan Brahma. The behaviour of the BPF members clearly showed that they were only hankering after power. Is it that they have to be in power to be present in the House? In a democracy, sometimes you are in power and sometimes you sit in opposition. The purpose of all of us should be to serve the people of the region but BPF members don’t seem to think so,” Boro told media after he placed the budget.
He added, “It is sad for a democracy that the BPF is not performing the role of an effective opposition party in the House by abstaining from the first budget session of our government. For 17 years UPPL has always played constructive role as an opposition. As we have come to power for next five years, now voters of BTC need to see how BPF plays the role of an opposition. I personally request the opposition to strengthen the democracy by at least attending the assembly sessions.”
Boro also informed that the last BPF ruled BTC has left a liability of over Rs 2300 Cr.
“There are huge misappropriations in government funds meant for several departments. Even in the funds of the former Chief Pramod, there is a liability of Rs 350 Cr as well as in Public Works Department (PWD) which was under him, there is a liability of almost Rs 1000 Cr,” he said adding that departmental probes have been initiated.
Boro said, “Everything will undergo sharp scrutiny and inquiry. If necessary, we may rope in CM vigilance or CBI too. But no one will be spared.”