Assam minister Bhabesh Kalita participating in a mass reachout campaign of the party in Kokrajhar on Tuesday

Kokrajhar: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will play the role of “big brother” in the next council formation in Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) by winning majority of seats in the council elections, said senior BJP leader and Assam irrigation minister Bhabesh Kalita in Kokrajhar on Tuesday.

Participating in a mass reachout campaign of the party in Kokrajhar as a part of its state-wide launch on Tuesday to attract the masses ahead of the 2021 Assembly elections, Kalita, who has been assigned as in-charge of Kokrajhar East LAC in Kokrajhar district, highlighted the achievements of the four years of the state government and one-year of the NDA 2.0 government at the Centre.

As a part of the programme, Kalita visited Athiabari and Karigaon areas in Kokrajhar district and interacted with the masses, including the party workers.

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Elections for the 40 constituencies of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) were scheduled to be held on April 4, 2020. However, it was postponed indefinitely due to outbreak of COVID-19 in the state.

The BJP is contesting in 26 constituencies alone while its alliance partner in the state government — Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) — will contest in 37 seats. The United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) and the Gana Suraksha Party (GSP) are contesting in all the 40 seats separately. The Congress and All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) are jointly putting candidates in 20 seats in this election.

Talking to media persons, Kalita claimed that people from all walks of life are coming forward to extend support to the BJP in the BTAD and, accordingly, the party is gaining its strength in the region.

“Due to the increasing popularity, the party will definitely be a deciding factor in the BTAD by winning a majority of the seats paving the way for good governance. The general voters want the party to be at the helm of affairs in the BTAD,” Kalita said, adding: “The BJP will play the role of a ‘big-brother’ in the formation of next council in BTAD.”

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