GUWAHATI: The slogan of ‘Parivartan’ was what Promod Boro chanted once again as he took oath as the new Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) chief executive member (CEM) on Tuesday at a grand function held at Bodofa Nwgwr in Kokrajhar.
Boro took oath in the presence of Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, state finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. He was administered the oath of office by state chief secretary Jishnu Barua.
He said, “The people of BTC wanted Parivartan (change) and it’s the time to bring change. From the shadows of violence, BTC will emerge as the new destination of peace and happiness. In the next five years, we will have to ensure that no one remains unhappy in the region.”
Boro also vowed to work towards fulfilling all the clauses included in the latest Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) accord. He said, “From now, every community living in BTC will be recognized and get their due opportunities equally.”
Besides Boro, UPPL vice-president and NDFB pro leader Gobinda Basumatary took oath as the deputy CEM. Three other executive members (EMs) – Gautam Das and Diganta Barua of BJP and Ghanshyam Das of Gana Shakti Party (GSP) – also took their oaths.
This time BTC will be governed by the coalition government of UPPL-BJP and GSP.
In this BTC poll, the incumbent Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) led by Hagrama Mohilary won 17 seats to emerge as the single largest party while UPPL bagged 12 seats, BJP got nine and GSP managed to win only one seat.
Hagrama though sought for a week’s time from the Governor to prove his majority, the latter accepted the stakes of UPPL-BJP and GSP coalition to form the next council. In the house of 40, the coalition has 22 seats.