“Mahajot will be shown Red Card”: PM Modi in Kokrajhar
GUWAHATI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked the people of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) to show ‘Red Card’ to the Congress-led grand alliance (Mahajot).
Referring to the local’s craze for football, the PM who was campaigning in Kokrajhar town of BTC for the third phase of state assembly polls on Thursday said that the people of the state, as well as BTC, would show the Congress and its allies the way to the exit.
“I know how much the people of BTC love football and that’s why I want to say that it’s time to show ‘Red Card’ to the Congress Mahajot. It’s the Congress which ruled the state for over a decade but ignored the plight of the people living in BTC and never tried to restore peace in the region,” Modi said.
The PM remembering his last visit to Kokrajhar soon after signing of the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) in February last year underlined that it was the NDA government that has brought ‘permanent’ peace in the Bodo belt of the state.
He said, “It was the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government which formed the BTC in 2003 and took this region to the path of progress and it’s the current NDA government which has signed the historic BTR accord and brought permanent peace in the region.”
Under the BTR accord agreement, all factions of the militant outfit of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) had disbanded the outfit and joined the mainstream last year.
Modi also said that the first phase of state assembly polls has already sealed NDA’s victory in the state once again. “The way people of Assam have blessed NDA, it shows that I am a part of your family,” the PM said.
In BTC, BJP has recently formed the council with Pramod Boro led United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) ousting its old ally Bodoland People’s Front (BPF). In the assembly election, BJP and UPPL were fighting in alliance in the BTC area while BPF has joined hands with Congress-led Mahajot.
The third phase of Assam assembly polls covering the BTC area would be held on April 6.