Dumped by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) is contemplating going solo in the upcoming Assam Assembly polls and is likely to field 12 candidates, a senior leader said on Friday.
“BJP has made it clear repeatedly. So, we are thinking of contesting the elections alone this time,” said Pramila Rani Brahma, vice president of the BPF and a cabinet minister in Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal’s cabinet.
Brahma said the party is likely to field candidates in all 12 constituencies in the Bodo Territorial Region (BTR). “We will contest the seats we won,” Brahma told EastMojo.
BPF won 12 seats in the last Assembly polls in 2016, which the party fought as a partner in the BJP-led alliance. The relationship between the two allies soured after the 2020 BTR accord, which was steered with the help of the then All Bodo Students Union President Pramod Boro. The student leader jumped into electoral politics soon after the accord and joined the UPPL.
The BJP chose to dump BPF and contest the Bodo Territorial Council (BTC) polls in alliance with UPPL with Boro at its helm and Lok Sabha MP Naba Kumar Sarania’s GSP.
While the BPF emerged as the single largest party with 17 elected members, it is UPPL-led alliance that now rules the BTC. While the BJP won nine seats, the UPPL emerged victorious in 12 seats and Sarania’s GSP won one seat.
“We are confident of winning,” Brahma said, referring to the party’s prospects in the Assembly polls.
Brahma said some parties have approached the BPF for an alliance but refused to elaborate further. “We are yet to take a decision if we are going to support any other party in constituencies where Bodos have a sizable presence,” Brahma said.