Kokrajhar: With just few months to go for the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) elections due in April-May, 2020, political equation is heating up in the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR). President of Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) Hagrama Mohilary, who is also the chief of BTC, expressed his confidence of winning the election for the fourth time again. Mohilary also said the party alliance with BJP and AGP would continue.
Talking to reporters at Kokrajhar on Thursday, Mohilary said the BPF had the support and mandate of the people, irrespective of caste and community, and along with the BJP and AGP, they would form the government again in BTC.
On unification and seat sharing between the BPF and UPPL, Mohilary said the door was still open. “Door for seat sharing with ABSU and UPPL is still open. There is no concrete decision from the UPPL. The outcome is zero as of now. I have offered existing seven MCLA seats, apart from adjusting 2-3 more seats in Udalguri and Baksa and a Rajya Sabha ticket to Urkhao Gwra Brahma on BPF ticket,” he said.
On NDFB, Mohilary said there had been no talks on politics with the NDFB as yet and it was for the NDFB leadership to decide which party they wanted to extend support to. He, however, said he had discussed with the NDFB leaders on the need of proper rehabilitation and withdrawal of cases which he would tackle at the political level and pressurize the government at the highest level.
Mohilary also lamented that outgoing ABSU president Pramod Boro had misled the Bodo people for his narrow political gain. He said that Pramod Boro had asserted that he would not join politics and continue to demand separate Bodoland but now he was all set to join politics. “We welcome his move. Come to politics and work for the people,” Mohilary said.
He also said that the ABSU was a non-political student body and the union taking part in election was very unfortunate. “As a student body, the ABSU should have stayed away from taking an active role in politics. On earlier occasion too they took part in politics by helping the UPPL but could not defeat us on three occasions. This time too they will bite the dust,” he said.
On the new Bodo Peace Accord, Mohilary said peace had come which was the greatest achievement. “Other than that we cannot say that we have got greater autonomy out of this accord. It is still the same as BTC, there is nothing new in the new accord,” he said.