GUWAHATI, April 12 � The Bodoland People�s Party (BPF) is set to hold the reins of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) for the third consecutive term, winning 20 seats of the 40-member Council. With this victory, the Hagrama Mohilary-led BPF has made a hat-trick of wins in the Council since its first election held in 2005.
While the People�s Coordination for Democratic Rights (PCDR)-backed independent candidates captured seven seats, independent candidates won eight. The All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) also put up an impressive show, bagging four seats.
The two major national parties � Congress and BJP � performed poorly. While the Congress drew a blank, BJP managed to win just one seat.
Despite BPF�s victory in the Council polls, it was for the first time that the party was confronted with a stiff challenge by the PCDR � a conglomerate of 13 Bodo and non-Bodo political parties and non-political organisations backed by the Bodoland People�s Progressive Front (BPPF) and the All Bodo Students� Union (ABSU) � and also by the independents supported by the Sanmilita Janagosthiyo Aikya Mancha, a common platform of non-Bodo groups.
For the first time since the creation of the BTC following the signing of the peace pact between the Central and State Governments and militant outfit Bodo Liberation Tiger in 2003, the BPF faced a stiff challenge in the BTC elections.
Kokrajhar Correspondent adds: An executive meeting of BPF was held at the Bodofa Cultural Complex here this evening, which was chaired by BPF supremo Hagrama Mohilary. In the meeting, various organizations felicitated the BTC chief and the newly elected members of the BPF.
Later, Mohilary told mediapersons that BPF would approach the Governor tomorrow regarding formation of the third BTC administration. He promised all-round development and social integration in the BTC region. Biswajit Daimary, MP, Rajya Sabha, Pramila Rani Brahma, MLA, Kokrajhar, Rihan Daimary, amongst others, were also present in the meeting.