From our Correspondent
KOKRAJHAR, March 19: In a fresh attack on the Congress, the president of the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF), Hagrama Mohilary, who is also the BTC chief, reiterated that it was the Congress party that was dividing the Bodo and O-Bodo people in BTC to dismantle the power of BPF in the council. He said the Congress had been playing the politics of polarization in BTC.
Addressing a huge gathering of supporters of Pramila Rani Brahma, candidate for 30-Kokrajhar East at Bodofa gwr on Friday, Mohilary said that polarized politics had been witnessed in the BTC since the last parliamentary election. He said the involvement of the Congress in the divisive politics in BTC had been unearthed after two influential leaders of the O-Boro Jonogostiya Manch joined the BPF. “This is not my opinion that Congress was behind the formation of O-Bodo groups in BTC but the leaders who have joined the BPF after realizing the discordant policies of the Congress, disclosed it,” he said, adding that the BPF was compelled to forge an alliance with the BJP to escape the vicious motive of the Congress. He called upon the people of the region not to be misguided and fall prey in the hands of commul leaders of O-Boro Suraksha Manch and O-Boro Aikya Manch and ensured that his government would look after the development of all communities, their security and rights and privileges.
Mohilary said the Congress rule in the State would come to an end and the BJP-led coalition government would form the government in Dispur. “We are going to support the BJP candidates outside BTC districts in the Bodo and tribal majority constituencies but it will fight alone in all the constituencies of BTC,” he said adding that the BPF was confident of winning all seats inside BTC. However, the BPF has left three seats to BJP that includes- Sorbhag, Rangia and Bhabanipur. Now, the BPF will contest from 13 constituencies in BTC areas.
The BPF president said the BTC had received satisfactory funds from the BJP-led Union Government within a couple of months. He said the BTC was going to receive over Rs 1,000 crore from the BJP government but they received only Rs 750 crore in the last five years of Congress rule in the centre and State. The BTC needed more fund for development in all sectors within the council which was left neglected over the years. He also said the BPF would work for the development of all communities.
The deputy chief of BTC in his speech slammed the All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU) for getting involved in active politics. He accused ABSU leaders of participating in politics forgetting the issues of the students and their problems. He said the leaders of the student body were misleading the students and the common masses through hate speeches against the BPF leaders in the campaign meetings.
Rajya Sabha MP Biswajit Daimary also spoke on the occasion.