Pramod Boro won the composite floor test of the Bodo Territorial Council on Thursday. The former students’ leader got 22 votes.
This voting was conducted to prove the majority of Boro-led United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) combined with 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. However, the Bodo People’s Front (BPF) did not accept this Floor test.
Members of the BPF created ruckus during the floor test as they chanted slogans, displayed play cards, in an attempt to disrupt the voting process. Hagrama Mohilary led the protests. The house was forced to adjourn for 10 minutes.
When asked about the chaos, Boro said, “The voting had to be recalled as an unrepublican government was functioning for the past 17 years.” He added that there were incidents of violence, murder, and corruption and so “this was expected from them.”
“Today those elected from UPPL such as Gobinda Basumatary, Ranjit Basumatary, BJP’s Gautam Das and other candidates believe in the republic of this country. Together we will take the BTR towards development and create a well-functioning administration,” he added.
The Gauhati High Court ordered a composite Floor Test by December 26 following a petition by BPF chief Mohilary. The petition heard on December 18, alleged that the election of the CEM violated constitutional provisions.
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