GUWAHATI: BPF (Bodoland People's Front) president HagramaMohilary formally joined the 'Grand Alliance' (Mahajoot) of six Opposition parties here on Sunday.
Sharing a common platform with the other leaders of the 'Mahajoot' here on Sunday, Mohilary claimed before the media that the 'Grand Alliance' would get absolute majority in the forthcoming Assembly election in the State and constitute the next government. "We'll definitely form the government and oust the BJP from Assam. A political formation needs 64 seats to form the government at Dispur. However, we're set to get not less than 70 seats.
He added, "The rule of the BJP has not been as expected by the people of the State. It has failed to ensure Constitutional rights to various ethnic communities of the State."
Speaking on the occasion, APCC (Assam Pradesh Congress Committee) president Ripun Bora said, "With the BPF joining us, we're seven now. Our door is open for the AJP (Assam JatiyaParishad), Raijor Dal and other ethnic parties of the State to topple the BJP. The people of Assam want a powerful alternative to the BJP. This Grand Alliance' is the need of the hour to rid the State of the corporate-friendly and communal BJP; besides its misrule. We need to protect democracy and the Constitution of India.
"At our meeting today, we've informed the Election Commission of India (ECI) that the State administration has put numerous hurdles before us. Besides, bicycles and scooties among other items have been recovered from many places across the State. All such materials need to be seized so as to ensure a free-and-fair election in the State.
"All government schemes should be put on hold now. Even now, a section of beneficiaries are getting benefits under various schemes. The banks should be asked not to continue any transaction under the government schemes now. There are still hoardings at many places in the State. They should be replaced within 24 hours."
Addressing the media after the meeting, AnchalikGana Mancha leader and MP AjitBhuyan, AIUDF general secretary Aminul Islam, CPI(M) State secretary DevenBhattacharjya, CPI(ML) leader Pankaj Kumar Das and CPI State secretary MuninMahanta welcomed the BPF to their fold, and said that the fall of the BJP is certain. They also appealed to the Raijor Dal and the AJP to join the 'Mahajoot'.
Meanwhile, Ripun Bora also said that the seat-sharing arrangement among the constituent parties would be made public soon.