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BPF hopeful of Central support

By R Dutta Choudhury

GUWAHATI, May 21 - Proving most of the political analysts wrong, the Bodoland People�s Front (BPF) managed to retain its 12 seats and the vice-president of the party, Chandan Brahma, who has been elected to the Assembly from the Sidli constituency, expressed the hope that the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) would get adequate help from the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government at the Centre.

Talking to The Assam Tribune, Brahma said that the performance of the BPF-led BTC and the hard work of all the party workers led by party president Hagrama Mahilary resulted in the good performance in the elections.

�Though some people were saying that the BPF�s seats would come down in the Assembly polls, we were always confident of a good show based on our performance,� he added.

Brahma expressed the hope that Assam would get adequate attention from the Centre. He also said that as the Accord, which paved the way for creation of the BTC, was signed during the tenure of the NDA Government at the Centre, they were expecting much more from the Centre now. The BTC needs adequate funds from the Government of India for its development and �we are hopeful that the Centre would give due importance to the development of the area,� he said.

On the composition of the BJP-led alliance Ministry in the State, Brahma said that the issues would be settled amicably. He said that the BPF president is talking with the BJP leaders on the issue.

Brahma also revealed that the BPF has already submitted the list of its demands for inclusion in the common minimum programme of the alliance.

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BPF hopeful of Central support

GUWAHATI, May 21 - Proving most of the political analysts wrong, the Bodoland People�s Front (BPF) managed to retain its 12 seats and the vice-president of the party, Chandan Brahma, who has been elected to the Assembly from the Sidli constituency, expressed the hope that the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) would get adequate help from the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government at the Centre.

Talking to The Assam Tribune, Brahma said that the performance of the BPF-led BTC and the hard work of all the party workers led by party president Hagrama Mahilary resulted in the good performance in the elections.

�Though some people were saying that the BPF�s seats would come down in the Assembly polls, we were always confident of a good show based on our performance,� he added.

Brahma expressed the hope that Assam would get adequate attention from the Centre. He also said that as the Accord, which paved the way for creation of the BTC, was signed during the tenure of the NDA Government at the Centre, they were expecting much more from the Centre now. The BTC needs adequate funds from the Government of India for its development and �we are hopeful that the Centre would give due importance to the development of the area,� he said.

On the composition of the BJP-led alliance Ministry in the State, Brahma said that the issues would be settled amicably. He said that the BPF president is talking with the BJP leaders on the issue.

Brahma also revealed that the BPF has already submitted the list of its demands for inclusion in the common minimum programme of the alliance.