With grand designs in the forthcoming Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) elections, the BJP has decided to field its own candidates in the polls, to be held on April 4.
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This decision was taken amid widening rifts between the national party and the regional powerhouse in the elections, with the BPF workers raising a hue-and-cry over the BJP candidates' nomination.
It may be mentioned here that the decision to contest the BTC polls was taken yesterday after Ranjeet Kumar Dass, president of BJP's Assam unit, held a meeting in Goreswar in western Assam with at least 40 local leaders on Wednesday afternoon.
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It has been reported that the saffron party will contest in at least 19 of the 40 Council Seats.
It may be mentioned that tensions came to a head on March 9 when the Nonoi Serfang block workers of the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) party have said that they wont allow a BJP candidate to be fielded in the Nonoi Serfang Constituency in the Assam Council.
Amid rising tensions, BTC Chief Hagrama Mohilary had said that the task of selecting candidates has been handed over to some of the head honchos of both parties. At a recent public meeting, he said, “Already Biswajit Daimary, Rihon Daimary, and Ranjeet Dass have been given the responsibility to assess how many seats can be given to the AGP or BJP and they will later submit reports to the party heads and BPF leaders.”
Hagrama also exuded confidence that the party will resume its alliance with the BJP and BPF. “Look, alone the BJP or BPF cannot win here. So, we will take them forward”, Hagrama added.
However, the latest development paints a different picture.
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