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Inviting second largest party to form government unconstitutional: BJSM

Granting direct invitation to the second largest party to form government and ignoring the single largest party was unconstitutional and undemocratic.

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Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  17 Dec 2020 4:00 AM GMT

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KOKRAJHAR: Granting direct invitation to the second largest party to form government and ignoring the single largest party was unconstitutional and undemocratic. This was asserted by the Bodoland Janajati Suraksha Mancha (BJSM).

In a statement, BJSM president Janaklal Basumatary opposed the formation of BTC government by the party who secured second position in the BTC election as illegal and unconstitutional.

He said that as the Bodoland People's Front (BPF) was the single largest party, winning 17 seats out of 40 seats as against the 12 seats won by the United People's Party Liberal (UPPL), it was mandatory for the Governor to give first chance to single largest party BPF to form the government and give the party a chance to prove required majority in the floor of the assembly according to the Sarkaria Commission 1984 and Punchi Commission, 2010 along with the Supreme Court's decision in the SR Bommaivs Union of India, Chandra KantaKavlegervs Union of India, Rameswar Prasad vs Union of India and many other verdicts. He also said the BTC administration did not tell the Election Commission to break the alliance of BJP with BPF and so the BJP government cannot form a government with other parties except BPF.

Basumatary said that BJP being the party in the third position by winning 9 seats had no right to call a meeting in the private residence of a BJP minister to form alliance with other parties without getting invitation to form the government. "This chance should have been given to the BPF being the single largest party," he said, adding that the alliance of the BJP, UPPL and GSP at the request of BJP was 'illegal' and hence the BJSM opposed the formation of BTC government by this illegal alliance and welcomed the BPF's decision to challenge it in the court of law.

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