Guwahati: Politics in the Bodo heartland started to heat up as the BJP has been trying hard to mark its presence in the ensuing Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) poll this time as erosion continued in the ruling Bodoland People’s Front(BPF).
Interestingly, on Monday when senior BPF leader Hemendra Nath Brahma joined the party’s prime rival in the polls, the United Peoples’ Party Liberal (UPPL) party; former Speaker of Assam Legislative Assembly and state BJP president Ranjit Kumar Dass met Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi and discussed several problems that the people of BTAD were facing.
Dass requested the Governor to take immediate steps for their redressal.
Upon expiry of the term of BTC and postponement of its elections owing to the coronavirus pandemic, Mukhi took over the administration of the BTC.
Already, BJP has decided to fight the BTC poll by its own and decided to field its candidates in all 40 seats in the upcoming elections. BJP said that the elections will test the organisational grounds of BJP.
“The decision to fight the BTC poll alone will not affect the state alliance,” a senior BJP leader said.
Meanwhile, Brahma after joining UPPL said that he always wanted peace and development amongst all sections of the citizens and thus joined the UPPL.
Brahma, a noted educationist, was also the political advisor of the former BTC and BPF chief Hagrama Mohilary.
“People in BTC are not happy with the BPF reign because of huge corruption and anomalies in many departments”, said UPPL President Promod Boro.
Before Brahma, long-serving BPF leader and Tamulpur MLA Emmanual Mosahary too formally quitted the BPF on Sunday.
BPF, however, said that that there will be no impact within party with the quitting of several party leaders and members.