GORESWAR, Aug 10 - All political parties are gearing up for the political campaign for the forthcoming Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) election in the Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD).
The date for election was earlier declared on April 4, but the election was postponed by the Assam State Election Commission due to the COVID-19 scenario, and the power of the BTC was handed over to the Governor.
Though the Election Commission has not declared again the date of election, the BPF, BJP, UPPL, Gana Surakshya Party, Congress and independent candidates have started their election campaign. The ruling BPF has been holding small meetings to create awareness among voters on the various development work carried out during their regime.
A meeting was held at Goreswar Shishu Niketan on Saturday for the election at Goreswar and Suklai Serfang constituencies of Baksa district by BJP candidates, Gajen Boro of Goreswar and Ranendra Narzary of Suklai Serfang. State Irrigation Minister Bhabesh Kalita was also present in the meeting, where hundreds of newcomers joined the party.
A grand joining programme was also organised at his residence at Oubari village on Sunday by BPF candidate Ganesh Kochary of Suklai Serfang, where 1,064 new members joined the BPF.
The former BTC EM said the UPPL was playing �cheap politics� and alleged that Promod Boro was trying to lure the voters. He said Irrigation Minister Bhabesh Kalita had also done nothing in area falling under the BTC, and not a single farmer has benefitted.
Addressing newcomers and BPF workers, Rajya Sabha MP Biswajit Daimary said that in the upcoming election, the BPF will have the support of all castes and creeds for their development schemes and it will once again form the BTC government.
At Goreswar, former EM Maheswar Basumatary is holding group meetings in the villages to woo voters. UPPL candidate Pabitra Boro is also not lagging behind. It is being said that independent candidate Suren Boro may give a tough fight in Goreswar, while CPI (M) candidate Karuna Bhuyan is also working in villages without any rest.
Due to the presence of non-Bodo candidates like Nilkantha Deka and Sanmal Deka, non-Bodo voters may get divided. Other non-Bodo leaders like Jogeswar Kalita and Kokrajhar MP Naba Kumar Sarania may also take separate sides in the Goreswar election.