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BPF releases poll manifesto


UDALGURI, Dec 1 - The Bodoland People�s Front (BPF) yesterday released its manifesto for the ensuing BTC polls highlighting its achievements during its 17 years of rule and focusing on the 70-point plans and programmes, which are on the cards.

Terming the new BTR Accord meaningless, the BPF manifesto said that the new Accord was an Accord without any boundary demarcation and limited to the BTAD as it was done in the BTC Accord, which was signed on February 10 in 2003 with necessary amendments of the provisions of the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution.

In the manifesto, the party has promised to issue land pattas to all landless residents of the BTAD who settled here prior to the signing of BTC Accord on February 10 in 2003 and to resolve the land allotments, purchase and sale of lands in the district headquarters of the BTAD.

Terming the BTC Accord to be a �golden chapter,� the BPF claimed that the BTC Accord was the best Accord till date, which embraced all ethnic linguistic groups for all-round development. �The BPF doesn�t want enmity with other political parties but welcomes those who advocate peace, unity and prosperity,� the manifesto added.

The BPF manifesto also promised to form various development councils for Assamese-speaking people, Koch-Rajbongshis, Adivasis (Santhal, Oriyas, Mundas etc.), Muslims, Bengalis, Sarania Kachari, Gorkha, Garos, Rabhas, Madahi, Sutradhar, Kalita, Nath-Jogi, Hindibhashis, Goriya-Moriyas, Valmiki Samaj etc.

The manifesto also aims to modernise the old religious temples etc., of the region under the Bodoland Darpan scheme. It also promised to form students and youth welfare boards and campus of Bodoland University in all other three districts, Shikshak bhawan in all BTAD districts. The manifesto also promised to pressurize the State and the Union governments for financial packages for the rehabilitation of ex-BLT, NDFB, Bengali Tigers Force, Cobra Militant Force, Birsa Commando Force, KLO cadres.

The manifesto gave dozens of examples of achievements of the regional political party during the past 17 years and hoped that the people would value its achievements.

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