Guwahati: Hours after Pramod Boro won the composite floor test of the Bodo Territorial Council (BTC) in a show of hands vote on Thursday, Hagrama Mohilary, Chairperson of Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) said he won’t accept the decision and threatened to move court instead.
The former students’ leader got 22 votes, which was reportedly challenged by members of the BPF in the form of protests during the floor test. BPF members and supporters chanted slogans, displayed play cards in an attempt to disrupt the voting process.
“We have to challenge the proceedings since they have not followed the honorable High Court’s order. As per the law, oath-taking should have been carried out but the floating speaker did not follow guidelines. So, we are going to challenge the same in court,” Mohilary said.
The vote was held to prove majority of the Boro-led United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL), combined with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Gana Suraksha Party (GSP). All members of BJP, UPPL, and GSP voted in favour of Boro with a show of hands.
On the results that have already been declared, Mohilary said, “We did not hear any such thing.” Saying the results cannot be accepted, he added that they are not even aware of how the floating adjourned the House.
“He left without completing the proceedings and the agenda is still unaddressed. We are going to challenge the proceedings carried out by the floating speaker in the court,” said the BPF chairperson.
The Gauhati High Court ordered a composite floor test by December 26 following a petition by Mohilary. The petition heard on December 18 alleged that the election of the CEM violated constitutional provisions.
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