BTC election to see emergence of new political equation

Published on November 21, 2020 | News Source: Bijay Sankar Bora
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Assam BJP to exhort upon party leadership to review ties with BPF

Published on November 19, 2020|News Source : Janambhumi News Service

Guwahati, Nov 19: Assam BJP has decided to urge the central leadership to review the alliance with Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) that was stitched ahead of Assam Assembly elections in 2016 in tune with its decision to contest the forthcoming election to Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) on its own.

According to the state party hierarchy, a proposal to review ties with BPF would be placed in the party’s central committee meeting in New Delhi on Friday.

A delegation comprising Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, senior Cabinet minister and party’s key poll strategist in the Northeast, Himanta Biswa Sarma along with state party president Ranjeet Kumar Dass would be meeting the national party high command in New Delhi  to discuss its strategy for the 2021 Assam Assembly elections

The ruling party’s need for an alliance review with BPF comes less than three weeks ahead of the 40-seat Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) elections.
BJP and BPF, which has been in power since the council was formed in 2003, are contesting the BTC polls separately and are in for a straight fight.
Currently, leaders of the two parties are pulling out all the stops in a campaign of one-upmanship to woo the electorate ahead of the two-phase polls starting December 7.   

Asked about his comments on the equation with BPF ahead of the 2021 Assembly polls, senior BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma said the party was currently focussed on winning the BTC elections even as he hinted at contesting the Assembly polls without allying with BPF.

“BJP and AGP (which is in alliance with the government) will be contesting the Assembly polls together,” Sarma told the media on Thursday.
In regard to the BTC elections, he said the party would resume campaigning in Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) from November 22 after a three-day break in view of Friday’s key meeting with the central party leadership in New Delhi.

“We are working towards formation of a BJP-led BTC as we have the support of the people of BTR,” Sarma said.


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