GORESWAR: Bodoland People's Front (BPF) candidate Rangja Khungur Basumatary alias Ramdas Basumatary in Tamulpur LAC joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday in presence of Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar. He met Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday night and took the decision not to contest in the ensuing assembly election which will be held here on April 6.
Rangja Khungur Basumatary who was missing from Wednesday, arrived at Tamulpur on Thursday with the former MLA of Tamulpur, Emanual Muchahary who had joined the BJP a few months ago.
Talking to media persons, Rangja Khungur Basumatary said that he was no longer in the fray and so people should vote for United People's Party Liberal (UPPL) candidate Lehu Ram Boro in this constituency. "I have quit the BPF on my own free will. I could not bear the expenditure of the election and I took decision not to contest for the seat," he said. Despite the setback, the BPF remains undeterred and will go ahead in the election without the candidate but with the symbol. Former Executive Member of BTC and BPF leader Ganesh Kochary told media persons in this connection that the BPF took the decision to contest the assembly election with the party symbol of plough though the candidate had quit the BPF party. He added that the non-Bodo voters would not vote for the UPPL candidate in Tamulpur constituency and the BPF would win in this seat. "We have doubled our effort to ensure that the BPF symbol wins and by-election will be held in Tamulpur LAC," he added.