Kokrajhar: The Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) in a recent announcement made it clear that the regional party will continue with its alliance and seat-sharing arrangement with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) in the upcoming Bodo Territorial Council (BTC) general elections scheduled to be held next year.
It was officially stated by BTC chief and BPF supremo Hagrama Mohilary while interacting with media at a recent event held in Assam’s Kokrajhar district. Mohilary also informed that the party has been holding discussions on seat sharing and maintaining a good relationship with its alliance partners.
The BPF supremo said that the alliance with BJP and AGP is intact and will continue in the state. However, the partners will be given away seats through discussions on seat sharing management within the partner parties, he added.
Mohilary also said that the regional party is taking strong initiatives for integration and healthy communication among all sections of communities in the region. “BPF is stepping good relationship with alliance partners to gain more development and integrity,” he said.
He also expressed that the BPF is all set to participate in the council elections to be held next year and necessary measures have been carried out to strengthen the party’s integrity with its organisation.
Interacting with media, Mohilary said that BPF is contesting the council elections in an alliance with BJP and AGP to facilitate unity and peaceful environment.
Mohilary, however, refused to make any comment in regards to the formation of the new Gana Surakhsa Party under the leadership of Kokrajhar Lok Sabha MP Naba Kumar Sarania.
In the 40-member BTC Legislative Assembly, BPF currently has 26 seats, United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) holds seven seats and independent candidates have five seats, with the BJP and Congress holding one seat each, respectively.
BTC was created in 2003 through tripartite peace talks between Centre, state and the then BLT leaders (now defunct) and the first council election was held in 2005. The fourth one is slated to be held in March-April 2020.