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    Will BPF join AJP-Raijor Dal ‘Regional Front’ Alliance?

    Gogoi informed that the Autonomous State Demand Committee (ASDC) has already agreed to come on board of the united regional front.

    GUWAHATI: As the two regional fronts of Raijor Dal and Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) have officially forged a pre-poll alliance for the upcoming state assembly election, now the talks were on to take other regional fronts of the state including BJP’s recently ‘ditched’ friend-the Hagrama Mohilary led Bodoland Peoples’ Front (BPF) party.  

    BPF had won 12 seats in the last assembly polls in 2016, while it was in partnership with the BJP-led alliance. However, the two parties snapped their ties last year ahead of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) polls when BJP decided to dump BPF and joined hands with its arch-rival the United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL).

    Despite BPF emerged as the single largest party with 17 elected members in the House of 40, it was the UPPL-led alliance that came to power with majority numbers.

    Left hurt and out of power, the BPF has been now contemplating to either forge its alliance with anti-BJP parties in the assembly polls.

    AJP President Lurinjyoti Gogoi said, “The ensuing state poll is going to be a direct fight between regionalism and right-wing fascism. We are talking to other regional parties for alliance including BPF. The talks are heading towards a positive direction.”

    BPF party insiders claimed that several party seniors were also suggesting to revive its old ties with Congress or to go alone. On the other hand, a major chunk of BPF leaders was also claimed to be in support of forging an alliance with AJP.

    Pramila Rani Brahma, vice president of BPF and a state’s social welfare minister said several parties have approached BPF for an alliance. She said, “The party is yet to make a decision.”

    Meanwhile, Gogoi informed that the Autonomous State Demand Committee (ASDC) has already agreed to come on board of the united regional front.

    On the other hand, though the ‘grand alliance’ of Congress-Badruddin Ajmal led All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) has been offering an alliance to AJP and Raijor Dal, the latter has rejected it out and out.

    “AIUDF is also a communal force like BJP and we are not advocating an alliance with any national party. The national parties have ditched the people of Assam for long,” said Raijor Dal leader Bhasco De Saikia.

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