As per reports, in a recent political move, the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) is considering reuniting with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after the regional party dissolved its ties with the national party ahead of the Bodoland Territorial Council election last year.
No official confirmation yet
Although no official confirmation has been given, Hagrama Mohilary, the BPF’s leader, has stated that the merger with the saffron party is almost finalized.
He stated that his party wishes to rejoin the BJP, and that he has met with Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, and that the alliance is virtually final.
“The official announcement is awaited,” Mohilary said.
“We will fight in Gossaigaon’s seat and will win. BPF will help BJP candidates in the Bhabanipur seat also,” he added.
However, the United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL), a BJP ally in the BTC, has nominated candidates in two other seats, including Gossaigaon.
Recent Encounter of 2ULB cadres by Kokrajhar Police
Earlier, Hagrama Mohilary, the chairperson of the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) and former Chief of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC), had urged Assam’s chief minister, Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma, to launch a high-level investigation through the CBI into the recent encounter between Kokrajhar Police and allegedly two ULB cadres.
On his Facebook page, Hagrama Mohilary appealed to Assam Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma to launch a high-level probe through the CBI into the recent encounter incident between the Kokrajhar Police and allegedly two ULB cadres in the interest of peace and tranquility in the Bodoland region.
“Also an appeal to all the Quarters for upholding harmony and social integrity in the Bodoland region by abjuring any sort of violence”, he wrote.
Congress and AIUDF to contest separately
Following the announcement of the dates for by-elections in five Assam assembly constituencies, both the government and opposition political parties are presently busy picking candidates to win the upcoming by-elections.
On October 30, bypolls will be held in Gossaigaon, Bhabanipur, Tamulpur, Mariani, and Thowra.
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and the United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL), are expected to field candidates in all five constituencies.
Bhabesh Kalita, the president of the BJP’s Assam branch, predicted that the party and its partners would win all five constituencies.
“The people of Assam have given their mandates in favor of BJP and its ally parties in the last assembly election and we hope that our party will get similar support in this by-election also,” Bhabesh Kalita said.
In the bypolls, the opposition parties, the Congress and the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) led by Badruddin Ajmal, will contest separately.
Both the Congress and the AIUDF formed a pre-poll alliance in the state’s recent assembly elections, but the Congress party recently parted out with the AIUDF.
Rafiqul Islam, an AIUDF MLA, stated that his party would seek at least one seat.
“Out of five constituencies, our party candidate has won in one constituency Bhabanipur seat, but the MLA has recently joined the BJP. We will contest this Bhabanipur seat and it is final and we will win that seat. In the last elections, our party candidates constantly won this Bhabanipur seat. We are hopeful that the people will vote for us in this by-election also,” Rafiqul Islam said.
He went on to say that the party did not file a candidate in the Gossaigaon constituency in the last assembly election because AIUDF, BPF, and Congress formed a pre-poll alliance.
“But our candidates had lost the previous elections with a small margin between 2000-2800 votes. We have a strong base there and discussions are now going about fielding candidates in the by-election for the Gossaigaon constituency and our party will soon decide. But AIUDF will not field its candidates in all five constituencies,” Rafiqul Islam added.
The opposition Congress party, on the other hand, will run candidates in all five constituencies.
Apurba Bhattacharya, a Congress leader, stated that the candidate list would be finalized after an election committee meeting.
“Our party high command will announce the candidate’s list,” Apurba Bhattacharya said.
Last year Assembly poll
The BJP won 60 seats in the state’s previous assembly election, with the AGP taking nine seats and the UPPL taking six.
AIUDF won 16 seats, BPF 4 seats, CPI (M) 1 seat, and Independent 1 seat giving Congress a total of 29 seats.
Two Congress MLAs and one AIUDF MLA left the party after the election and joined the BJP.
On the other hand, Rajor Dal, led by independent MLA Akhil Gogoi, has announced its candidates for the Thowra and Mariani constituencies.