By Debananda Medak
GUWAHATI: At a time when Kokrajhar MP Naba Kumar Sarania has been claiming that his newly formed Gana Suraksha Party (GSP) will defeat the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) as well as the United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) in the ensuing Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) polls; a section of the BPF workers belonging to the non-Bodo communities asserted that Sarania has no relevance in the Council elections.
While interacting with this correspondent, representatives from Adivasi, Nepali and Nath Yogis, who have been working for the BPF over the last ten years said, “Over the years, BPF has become a common political platform for the entire communities residing in the Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD). The Bodo-Non-Bodo narrative is a superficial idea instrumented by Sarania to gain power. Sarania’s win as a parliamentarian is mandated by the voters residing outside the Council areas. He has no relevance in BTC polls.”
The representatives however, while extending support for Sarania said, “We wish Sarania to represent our issues and concern at the Parliament not in BTC. We have been supporting him for the Lok Sabha elections. If he alters his mind to become BTC Chief, he will lose his own political ground.”
Significantly, the representative stressed that if BTC Chief Hagrama Mohilary is to be blamed for the BTC’s lacking in expected development, the non-Bodo bureaucrats, council executives and other non-Bodo BPF workers are also equally responsible for they were also directly or indirectly involved in the implementation process over the last 17 years.
The representatives also criticised the BJP’s alleged role in backing the UPPL with an intention to polarise the BPF leaders as well as supporters. They said, “The congress knew its strength in BTC years back. The BJP too know that it has no organisational strength in the BTAD. However, the BJP has not spared the UPPL to manipulate and delay the victory of the BPF.”
Notably, the Assam government has recently approached the state election commission to complete the BTC polls within December 15.