Basugaon: BJP is likely to fight the 2021 assembly elections of Assam without its ally Bodoland People’s Front (BPF), hinted Assam’s health and education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday as he participated in a Bodoland Terrotioral Council (BTC) election rally in Chirang district’s Basugaon town, some 250 km from the capital city of Guwahati.
The BTC polls are stated on December 7,8 for the first phase and 10,11 for the second phase. While in the first phase two districts of Udalguri and Baksa will go for polls, the two remaining districts of Chirang and Udalguri will for the poll in the second phase. The counting will be on December 12.
The minister said that BJP which has already decided to fight the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) polls will also fight against BPF in the ensuing state polls slated next year.
Sarma said, “Assam government has let BPF rule the BTC for 15 years. But what we have found that Hagrama Mohilary led BPF has only done ‘misrule’ in BTC. People may say that we are in alliance but I want to clarify that BJP is fighting this election by its own and we have only one alliance and that’s with public. Since Delhi and Dispur both are ruled by BJP, we want the people of BTC to also enjoy the same rights and development like the rest of the country by bringing BJP to power here.”
He reiterated that during the BPF reign in BTC, corruption has reached a new ‘level and the coming BTC poll, the people of the region need to fight for their equal rights and ‘freedom’.
“We found that from jobs to jobcards, from widow pension to land rights, in every sphere nothing happens in BTC without paying bribes. What kind of system Hagrama Mohilary has developed in BTC? BPF has threatened everyone who raised their voice against the misrule. It needs to be ended now and the people of BTC need to fight for their freedom from this existing misrule,” the minister said.
Taking a jibe on the local legislature Chandan Brahma who is from BPF and also a cabinet minister in the state, Sarma said, “Brahma is a minister of this constituency but I want to ask why he could not even improve the medical and education facility of Basugaon in last 15 years. Basugaon has no hospital and the college here doesn’t have science stream. Were these a huge task for Brahma to do? That’s why people from the region must send a BJP legislature to Dispur in the next state polls too.”
The health and education minister promise that the state government will soon set up a proper hospital here and will introduce science stream in Basugona College within January 30, 2021 and ahead of the state polls respectively.
“BJP wants people’s blessings and that’s why we serve them. No matter what the BTC poll results are but I promise that the two promises will be fulfilled within time. When the country’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi call himself ‘Pradhan Sevak’ (prime server), in BTC, Hagrama is called ‘chief’. What kind of chief is he? He must not forget that it’s the people who can make or break you and it’s time that people of BTC will teach him a lesson,” he added.
This BTC poll, Sarma has been very vocal against the BPF leaders.
Though still in alliance in Dispur, BJP this time has been doing poll campaigns against its ally BPF in the BTC polls very aggressively. Though BPF claimed that the poll rivalry between the two allies was nothing but a political strategy, many suspected that BJP may ‘kick off’ BPF from its alliance in the state polls slated next year.