The breakup between the allies was in offing for a while, as BJP chief Himanta Biswa Sarma had introduced two weeks in the past that the saffron get together won’t be renewing its alliance with the BPF
Bodoland People’s Front, a key National Democratic Alliance (NDA) accomplice in Assam, severed ties with the Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday and introduced that it’ll as a substitute be a part of arms with the Congress-lead Grand Alliance or Mahajath.
The Kokrajhar-based BPF has 12 seats within the present Assembly and three ministers within the Sarbananda Sonowal-led authorities.
BPF president Hagrama Mohilary shared the get together’s determination on Twitter:
To work for Peace, Unity and Development the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) has determined to affix arms with MAHAJATH within the forthcoming Assam Assembly Election. We shall now not keep friendship or alliance with BJP.
— Hagrama Mohilary (@HagramaOn-line) February 27, 2021
Congress chief Gaurav Gogoi welcomed the transfer stating that he was grateful for BPF’s renewed belief in Congress.
In each nook of Assam, belief means Congress. The favorite get together of the Bodos, the Bodoland People’s Front, agrees! We are grateful for the renewed belief Shri Hagrama Mohillary has proven within the Congress. #BPFWithCongress #Mahajot101 https://t.co/xc8aPMd255
— Gaurav Gogoi (@GauravGogoiAsm) February 27, 2021
Congress Campaign Committee Chairman Pradyut Bordoloi additionally welcomed BPF into the Congress fold.
“The Asom Basao Ahok Yatra has had such massive impact across the state that our old friends, the Bodoland People’s Front, could see which way the wind is blowing. Congress is coming and we are proud to partner with the BPF,” Bordoloi stated.
The Congress, which was in energy for 15 years in Assam since 2001, has shaped a “Grand Alliance” with AIUDF, CPI, CPM, CPI(ML) and Anchalik Gana Morcha (AGM) to contest the upcoming meeting elections.
The breakup between the allies was in offing for a while as BJP chief Himanta Biswa Sarma had introduced two weeks in the past that the saffron get together won’t be renewing its alliance with the BPF.
“We have been telling it many times that our alliance with the BPF was for five years only and both sides were committed to it. They are still in our government and it is healthy politics,” the BJP chief stated.
The relations turned sour throughout the latest Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) elections, with the saffron get together dumping the BPF and forming the council authorities in alliance with the United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) and Gana Suraksha Party (GSP) to rule the BTC, a self-governing physique within the Bodo-dominated areas of the state.
BPF had emerged because the single-largest get together within the BTC polls, profitable 17 seats within the 40-member physique in December final yr.
At the time BPF president Mohilary had stated that his get together had repeatedly appealed to the BJP to observe the “coalition” norms and assist it to kind a “government” within the BTC, however the BJP ignored the pleas.
The saffron get together is now in talks with UPPL and GSP for a seat-sharing association for the Assembly polls. Elections within the northeastern state shall be performed in three phases on 27 March, 1 April and 6 April.
Assam is more likely to see a three-pronged contest with the Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) — shaped by former members of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and different civil society teams — becoming a member of arms with the Raijor Dol shaped by the supporters of famous anti-CAA activist Akhil Gogoi who’s in jail for over a yr on sedition prices.
With inputs from PTI
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