Bodoland: Post their victory in the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) elections, the United People's Party Liberal (UPPL) has been gearing up to contest the upcoming Assam assembly polls.
BTC chief executive member (CEM) Pramod Boro told the media at the 52nd annual conference of Kokrajhar district unit of the All Bodo Students' Union (ABSU), that the UPPL is ready to fight the approaching assembly elections.
Pramod-Boro led the UPPL in the recent BTC elections and formed the council in the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Naba Sarania's Gana Suraksha Party (GSP), defeating Hagrama Mohilary-led Bodoland People's Front (BPF).
While the BPF won 17 seats in the 40-member council, UPPL, BJP and GSP grabbed 12, 9 and 1 seats respectively. The only winner from the Congress party later joined BJP.
This is the first time that a coalition government was formed in BTC. While BPF was an ally of the BJP, BJP contested the BTC elections against their own ally party.
UPPL recently joined the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), however, the BPF was an ally of the BJP and has three ministers in the BJP-led Assam government. Some important BPF leaders, including former Rajya Sabha member Biswajit Daimary and MLA Emmanuel Mushahary, joined the BJP a few weeks ago.
Meanwhile, Congress has created a grand alliance with five other parties including Badruddin Ajmal-led All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), left parties CPI, CPI(ML), CPM, Anchalik Gana Morcha and another new regional force to fight the incumbent BJP along with its regional allies, AGP and United People's Party Liberal (UPPL). Assam Jatiya Parishad and Akhil Gogoi-led Raijor Dal, however, decided not to join the grand alliance and instead fight elections together against both Congress and BJP.
The Assam Legislative Assembly elections are scheduled to be conducted in April 2021.