Assam: Ally BPF’s MLA, sole Rajya Sabha MP join BJP along with 20,000 workers ahead of BTC polls

Sole Rajya Sabha MP of the Bodoland People’s Front, Biswajit Diamary along with the BPF’s sitting MLA Emmanuel Mosahary and as many as 20,000 party workers joined the BJP on Sunday. The BPF is an ally of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal’s government in Assam and now stares at a massive loss after two of its most powerful leaders joined the BJP.

This move comes days ahead of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) elections and Assembly elections in Assam. Elections for the 40-member BTC will be held on December 7 and 10.

Biswajit Diamary and Emmanuel Mosahary, along with 20,000 BPF workers joined the BJP during a public meeting at Kumarikata area in Assam’s Baksa district on Sunday. Kumarikata falls under the limits of the Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD).

Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, state BJP president Ranjit Kumar Dass, the party’s national general secretary Dilip Saikia and several other senior leaders were part of the public meeting.

BPF’s sole Rajya Sabha MP and the party’s founding member, Biswajit Daimary had resigned as a member from the Upper House of Parliament on Saturday.

During the public meeting, BPF MLA Emmanuel Mosahary said, “BPF has ruled in the Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) which covers four districts – Kokrajhar, Chirang, Udalguri and Baksa, for the last 17 years and the party has totally failed to fulfill all the aspects of the people of the region.”

“There is an incumbency factor in BTAD areas and BPF’s popularity is now declining. There is also an incumbency factor. So, BJP will form the next council by getting an absolute majority,” sitting MLA from Tamulpur, Emmanuel Mosahary added.

A general secretary of the BPF, Mosahary added that no such developmental policies have been taken up by the BPF during its 17-year rule. “We are so much hopeful that, BJP will form the next council in BTC,” Emmanuel Mosahary said.

With two of the Bodoland People’s Front’s biggest leaders switching to the BJP, the alliance between the two parties seems inevitable ahead of the 2021 Assam Assembly elections.

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