UPPL president UG Brahma (middle) Credit: File image

Kokrajhar: The United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) is gaining in popularity among residents of the region, said its president Urkhao Gwra Brahma. The party will participate in the ensuing Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) elections due next year, he added.

Brahma, who is also a former Rajya Sabha MP, has claimed that his party is getting a good support base among all sections of society and is hence fully prepared for the upcoming council elections. “UPPL is contesting the council elections with its own candidates and the party has prepared its strategy to make itself stronger. It is making all necessary arrangements in this regard,” he said.

The party leader, however, did not rule out the possibility of an alliance with like-minded parties in the council elections and is hopeful that UPPL will be able to reach out to the masses.

“UPPL has been working for the welfare and development of the masses since its inception,” he added.

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Brahma demanded solutions for the insurgency issue of Northeastern states, including that of National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) and to maintain an environment of peace in the region. He has also urged the BJP-led NDA government to solve the Bodoland statehood issue through political dialogue. He said that government should take bold political initiatives for the Bodoland statehood issue for lasting peace.

Meanwhile, nearly 300 new members from different parties and organisations joined UPPL at a programme held in Gedabazar near Rowmari in Chirang district on Wednesday.

UPPL president Brahma and senior leaders welcomed and felicitated the newly joined members with the traditional aronai (Bodo traditional muffler).

The BTC was created on February 10, 2003 through tripartite peace talks between the Centre, state and the then BLT leaders (now defunct). There are four districts under the BTC area which has a legislative assembly of 40 members.

Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) is reigning the council. Currently, BPF has 27 members, UPPL has seven, BJP has one and independent candidates have five seats.

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