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Political parties in Chirang gear up for BTC polls�

By Correspondent

BONGAIGAON, March 11 - Political parties in Chirang district are gearing up for the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) polls scheduled to be held on April 4. Of the total 40 council seats, Chirang district includes seven seats � Chirang, Chirang Duar, Kajalgaon, Nichima, Subaijhar, Manosh Serfang and Thuribari. In last BTC polls, the Bodoland People�s Front (BPF) could win only one seat, Chirang Duar, with the help of its candidate Kampa Borgoyari, who is now the deputy chief of the BTC, out of the seven seats in the district.

Hence, the BPF is trying hard to win the hearts of people in the district either by distributing land certificates (pattas) among the forest dwellers and laying foundation stones for different development projects. On the other hand, the United People�s Party Liberal (UPPL), a strong rival of the BPF, is mobilising the rural masses to adopt an anti-incumbency move to end the rule of BPF in the BTC.

Minister Chandan Brahma and deputy chief Kampa Borgoyari distributed land certificates among the Adivasi community in Chirang Duar constituency today. Former BTC speaker Paniram Brahma laid foundations of statues of Dr Bhupen Hazarika and Bodofa Upendra Nath Brahma at the district centre here today.

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