Assam Surveys: Congress exploring possibilities of an alliance with BPF

Guwahati: The Congress is in talks with the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF), which is currently a BJP ally in the ruling federal government, for a possible alliance to combat this year’s assembly polls.The BPF is particularly miffed with the BJP as it had actually won more seats in the recent Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) elections however is not able to rule as the BJP has actually provided assistance to the United People’s Celebration Liberal (UPPL), thus assisting it protect a bulk. This has actually stimulated the BPF to weigh ties with anti-BJP parties for the assembly polls.Infact, Assam financing minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had just recently said, “Together with UPPL, we will contest the assembly surveys in Bodoland. In February we will reveal seat-sharing with UPPL,” plainly revealing their choice to the UPPL, and not BPF.A senior Congress leader, who did not want to be called, informed ET, “We are in talks for an alliance with BPF for the 12 seats in Bodoland. We had actually worked together in the past and it was only prior to the 2016 assembly polls that BPF parted ways and signed up with hands with the BJP.” Outdoors Bodoland, Bodo votes are the figuring out factor in at least three seats.A senior BPF leaders stated, “We had casual talks with the Congress, All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), Left celebrations, Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) and Raijor Dal on possible political understanding for the elections … We may choose seat modifications and support prospects relying on their winnability. The idea is to back anti-BJP celebrations.”A senior BPF leader Khampa Borgoyary informed ET, “Talks are on at various levels and an official stand will be made on February 15 and 16”. The BPF has invited RJD leader Tejaswi Yadav as the chief guest for the Bodoland Accord Day on February 10 in Kokrajhar in Assam.BPF chief Hagrama Mohilary, in a letter to Yadav, who is also the leader of the opposition in Bihar assembly specified, “With due regard, I want to give your knowledge that Bodoland Territorial Council was created on 10th of February, 2003, under the provision of Arrange Sixth of the Indian Constitution with a goal to produce peace in the location by unifying various ethnic groups of people speaking different languages, having various faith and culture. Since the production of BTC, the BPF, a local political party, ruled BTC till 2020. Throughout this period, BPF could, in a genuine sense, produce a tranquil environment in BTC, could bring people closer to each other and work for accelerated development.”The letter added that the “fourth BTC general election was held on 10th of December, 2020. In this election, the BPF won 17 seats out of 40. Nevertheless, the BJP, despite winning nine seats, formed the federal government powerfully by horse trading, engaging UPPL (12 seats) and others (2) to join them, disrespecting the required of individuals. The people of Bodoland stand versus the inequitable, communal, and spiritual fundamentalist organisations like the BJP.”BPF has three ministers in Assam. BPF and BJP combated the recently-held elections BTC individually. BPF has actually won all the 12 seats of Bodoland in 2016. The Congress, in addition to five other parties, have actually formed a grand alliance while the AJP, together with Raijor Dal, has actually formed a regional front.

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